Conor Friedersdorf writes an article/op-ed at the Atlantic complaining about "failing upward"--i.e., rewarding failure with promotion within the organization--at the CIA. Specifically, he is outrages that an unnamed attorney who opined that "torture" was legal, had been promoted to be the head attorney at the CIA.
I'm not going to quibble about Friedersdorf's conclusion that "enhanced interrogation" is wrong on some legal or moral level. Rather, I am shocked at his naivety. As if taking the politician out of Chicago would take the Chicago out of the politician. It is not like we have not seen this before. We saw this with the IRS scandal. We have seen it with the ATF gunrunning scandal. We saw it with the promotion of Susan Rice after her lies concerning Benghazi.
Promotions aren't based on how the public feels about the person being promoted, but how the decision makers feel about that person. And the decision makers obviously liked the work that this unnamed attorney had done.