Re: Brin: General's career ended for criticizing Iraq War
- Dave's point about blackmail is hugely significant.
For many years discrimination against homosexuals was
defended based upon their susceptibility to coercion
vs being outed.
To this day, SECRET homosexuality is considered
worrisome by the State Dept. Alas, that is the only
kind allowed in the military, a really weird decision.
In a more general sense, of course, this is about the
cleansing power of Transparency. When it is mixed
with a general rise in tolerance of non-harmful human
eccentricity and diversity.
Darkness and skulking favor our civilization's enemies
over the long run. (The SHORT run can feature many
advantages to short term secrecy, of course. I am not
a fanatic and I want our side always to have the
tactical advantages that information superiority
provides.) Alas, the temptation that lures ALL human
leaders is to rationalize why THEY should be allowed
to evade accountability.
Clinton benefited us - and himself - when he reduced
overall secrecy. When he lied, he harmed us and
None of which compares to today's lie and secrecy
The deep scandal is subbornation. How many officials
are subborned by enemies of the republic? How high
does it go? What methods were used? Blackmail.
Pictures from wild parties?
This was NOT considered an unreasonable question
during our adversarial relationship with the soviets
and nazis, so why is it so today?
Can anyone come up with another explanation for Bolton
and Kerrick? Any other even REMOTELY possible
explanation for the appointment of a shrieking
hysteric as a diplomat and a saudfamily bodyguard to
Really. Is Limbaughism so far along that college
educated and supposedly patriotic americans cannot
even see their country being sold out from under them?