My claim is that experts hold back their objective assessment. Instead, they censor themselves, and in public fora are insufficiently critical..... To the extent they offer criticism, it is watered down to the point of being unidentifiable as criticism.
On the domestic side, there is a clear relationship between expert analysis and official decisions. Before policy decisions, the expert analysis is often illuminating. But once the decisions are taken, it is truly striking how the tune and tone of the analysis changes. Analysts fall over backwards to rationalize the official decision.