Because I proudly worked in the Intelligence Community for nearly thirty years before catching a nasty cold called leukemia, out of a sense of duty and obligation I rarely discuss publicly matters that involve it.
However, because of my complete and utter disdain for Trump’s ascendency to the presidency, from the very beginning of his campaign to this very moment, it is hard for me to remain silent as he, to serve only his self-interests, politicizes the national security of the country he’s been voted in to protect by dismissing assessed serious acts of aggression by a foreign power and, while doing so, denigrates and shows a complete lack of understanding and respect for a community I know to be amassed with good, honest folk who want nothing more than to serve their country honorably in their humble efforts to keep it safe.
Because of Trump and his self-serving interests, we are a less secure, more vulnerable nation.
Even before taking office, Trump has failed us as Commander-in-Chief of the United States.
Benghazi was a tragedy. The security situation that enabled the deaths of four Americans was a tragedy. The US Government’s response to the tragedy was a tragedy. Everything about it was and is tragic.
Especially the politics of it. Tragic.
If you haven’t yet, I strongly recommend watching “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” In it you’ll see the responsibility for the tragedy can be spread throughout our government; especially at fault are the State Department, the military, and the CIA.
But if we as a nation are going to investigate tragedies long after the tragedy has occurred, why aren’t we still investigating the biggest national blunder, cover-up, lie, and tragedy committed by my nation since the Vietnam War?
Benghazi resulted in the death of four Americans. The lies and incompetence that got us into Dubya’s Iraq War resulted in “…4,425 total [American] deaths (including both killed in action and non-hostile) and 32,223 wounded in action (WIA) as a result of Operation Iraqi Freedom (Wikipedia).
Four tragic deaths are still being investigated after four years. The investigation into the tragedy of the Iraq War, then, should last for 17,700 years.
And let us not forget Dubya’s culpability due to his incompetence that resulted in the deaths from the Hurricane Katrina tragedy.
From the Washington Post National Security lead story Plan for hunting terrorists signals U.S. intends to keep adding names to kill lists.
If something such as a Kill List wasn’t creepy sounding enough for you, how about a Disposition Matrix?
I expect we will be hearing this term repeatedly for a long time to come.