Friday, April 1, 2016

Info on Tap

If the people do not begin to hold leaders accountable via elections or other legal avenues, the quality and character of America will continue to diminish and along with it, our quality of life.

The preamble to America’s most treasured document, the Declaration of Independence, declares that US citizens have the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To secure these rights, our Founders designed a government that derives its “just powers from the consent of the governed.” Much of Capitol Hill has long disregarded the views and opinions of the governed when formulating policy and legislation. In recent years, however, that same contempt has begun to affect even uniformed leaders in the Department of Defense

The government is supposed to exist to serve and defend the nation. If our leaders continue to deceive or disregard the people, the low level of trust will fray even further. It’s impossible to say how much lower trust in government can get

Senior U.S. military leaders, held by many Americans to be above moral reproach, are rapidly becoming indistinguishable from their political counterparts, this deteriorating trend concentrates increasing power in the hands of progressively fewer leaders and weakens the fabric of our country, four years ago, after returning from my fourth combat deployment as an Army officer, I published a report in a professional defense journal detailing how America’s most senior civilian and uniformed leaders had been deceiving the American public about the progress of the war in Afghanistan

Soldiers and spies served short tours of duty, with much of that time spent just becoming familiar with their surroundings and then turned their jobs over to new arrivals forced to make the same mistakes as their predecessors, it became a common refrain among Americans in Afghanistan that the United States had not been in the country for 10 years, in reality it have been in Afghanistan one year, 10 times.

One example was the military’s regular practice of broadcasting on Pashto-language radio stations the names of Taliban fighters they were hunting, offering money for information about their possible whereabouts, Mr. Laux and other C.I.A. officers, not knowing of the military broadcasts, would pay people who approached them with what they claimed was specific information about the same names that had been on the military broadcasts, the information was often bogus.

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