This article along with a few others that have come out over the past couple of years makes me think people are trying to fight natural selection.
A quick summation for those who aren't inclined to click links...
The officers involved in the Duke lacrosse scandal...are all being promoted. Nevermind they had their testimony thrown out of court because they intentionally misled people with their shoddy investigation, and discount the fact they are being sued by everyone involved because they acted in such a manner - the police force, and the state, have decided they need to be promoted.
Promoting people who screw up, in efforts to counter lawsuits is against nature. A guy wrecks a forklift into a customer in a warehouse? Promote him out of the position and tell everyone he was a damn fine forklift driver, that way he can use it (as the company can) in court.
Get it 100% wrong on the pre-war intel? Give them all promotions, because the public is so stupid they won't notice.
Then there is my favourite - the NYC police department. Your most bravest, best trained first responders all die in 9/11? Promote all the idiots who didn't respond, or were too overweight to attempt to climb the stairs in the towers. Yeah, thats a brilliant idea.
I mean, in essence, they doing nothing less than promoting failure. They are taking the slow, fat, and stupid and advancing them above people who actually should be promoted.
It just seems more and more to hide their failure, people are intentionally fighting against nature, and good common sense, when it comes to advancement in many areas.
Reminds me of when Greg Louganis hit his head on the feckin' diving board backin in the '88 Olympics, and the judges still gave him a gold. Hell, he would have had to miss the pool totally...to have gotten the silver.
Promotions and advancements need to be based on ability and actions - not on personal politics and pay offs.
Anyone else noticing stories that fit into this troubling, growing trend?