Crooke sees much evidence of chaos in the official US government. Whether that is true or merely intended appearances is very difficult to determine. My opinion is that there may be factional differences about US Empire policies and strategies; but they are not in the official government, rather they are behind the official scenes in the secluded rooms of the major think tanks like Council on Foreign Relations, Brookings Institution, etc. I think that the real policies can be determined by what the major ruling class media are suggesting.
What is so surprising here is the non-surprise evinced by the editorial writers of the New York Times. The Board blandly states that the Defense Secretary and the Pentagon might not comply. Not a hint of surprise is evident at the constitutional implications of this open defiance of Presidential authority.Notice also that Crooke agrees with "The Saker" regarding his analysis of the recent Duma elections.
No, rather the Board seems to view it as quite natural and commendable that Carter should refuse to comply with this “unusual and risky” proposition. But this was not some “proposition for collaboration.” This was an agreed formal accord between the United States and another state – reached after lengthy negotiations, and done with Presidential mandate.