Making money is the problem in US politics, that and failure being rewarded and celebrated as long as sufficient corporate profits are generated. Take the failure in the Ukraine, Victoria Nuland and Geoffrey Pyatt, basically spent 5 billion dollars to give Russia back the Crimea for free. Nuland and Pyatt are still celebrated basically for being the greatest fuck ups in modern times, trotted off to Russia to try to humiliate the Russians but the Russian can barely contain the mocking and laughter. From the Russian view point, how much would they have paid to Nuland and Pyatt, to achieve what they achieved, return the Crimea and get rid of the economic leach of the Ukraine, would Russia have paid 5 billion dollars to get back the Crimea and get rid of the Ukraine, how much were they spending subsidising the Ukraine to maintain access to the Crimea, something they no longer have to spend, another major win.
Blatant failure celebrated because a big chunk of that five billion spent in the Ukraine was successfully syphoned off by contractors who did not give a shit about outcomes, beyond how much they would make and whether it would generate more conflict and chaos for greater profit opportunities.
Business government partnerships and contracting are nothing more than exercises in corruption and the more money wasted the more they are heralded as great success stories, something you are of course bound to do as covering up exercises. The fuck ups are allowed to roam free, no matter how great their failures because seemingly nothing more than embarrassment factor and their exposure might lead to greater investigation. Failure has become the norm in US government administration because failure means spending more money, success means problem solved and the end of cash flow, perversely the biggest failures become the greatest success stories for corporations ie F35 and it's now required replacement at even greater cost (this failure even forced on other countries via corporate driven US diplomatic threats, woot).