The debt hawks are to economics as the creationists are to biology. Those, who do not understand monetary sovereignty, do not understand economics. Cutting the federal deficit is the most ignorant and damaging step the federal government could take. It ranks ahead of the Hawley-Smoot Tariff.
This is just one man’s opinion, but I would guess that 99.99% of all the federal documents marked “Secret” have nothing whatsoever to do with our national security. They are hidden because, well . . . Why not? Why tell the citizens anything?
Yes, the main purpose of most government secrets is to hide facts from the government’s own citizens. Wikileaks will leak very few, if any, facts our enemies don’t already know. The story Hillary Clinton now is mouthing, that Wikileaks is endangering our soldiers, is as usual, a lie. The only people endangering our soldiers is Clinton and her political pals, who send our sons and daughters to die on useless and hopeless missions, with no goal and no possibility of success.
Think of politicians as cockroaches. They hate the light. It’s disgusting to watch the sanctimonious generals and political leaders bleating about protecting the lives of our soldiers, when they really are talking about protecting the political lives of the cockroaches. How do you think so many of our soldiers died unnecessarily in Vietnam, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan? Because of lies by our government, held secret from us, though not from our enemies.
The politicains now have made the ridiculous demand that Wikileaks “return the documents.” Talk about crazy. The toothpaste is out of the tube. Return documents that already are in many hands? Typical political lies and nonsense. You couldn’t trust these guys not to steal pencils from a blind man’s cup.
Does anyone truly believe the mullahs of Iran did not know Saudi Arabia fears them and wants them stopped from making The Bomb? Does anyone truly believe our enemies did not know that North Korea sold long distance missiles to Iran. Oh, you didn’t know? Of course not. Our government hid that from you. Our enemies knew, but you weren’t trusted with the information.
Does anyone truly believe the “shocking” release of opinions about Silvio Berlusconi (“feckless, vain and ineffective”), Dmitry Medvedev (“plays Robin to Putin’s Batman”) or Nicolas Sarkozy (“thin-skinned and authoritarian”) will hurt national security?
Possibly, just possibly, our enemies will learn something from Wikileaks they didn’t know, and just possibly they will put that information to nefarious use, and possibly, just possibly it will cost an American life. Sure it’s possible. But compare that with the thousands and thousands and thousands of American lives that have been lost unnecessarily – lives that could have been saved had the American public known about the perfidy of our leaders, from Obama back to Roosevelt and beyond.
Who’s to blame? Partly the media, who compliantly passed along Bush’s lies about Iraq. (Even now, in his self-serving diary, he continues to lie about that awful war.) The media who passed along Johnson’s and Nixon’s lies about Vietnam are to blame. They who passed along Roosevelt’s lie that Austria was an innocent victim of Hitler, rather than being an enthusiastic ally – they are to blame. Again and again, the media pass along the lies, and today, like little puppets, they pass along the lie that Wikileaks has endangered American security.
Yes, the politicians not only want Wikileaks prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, but the media give the politicians the excuse to change the laws and make their secrets even more secure. This gives the cockroaches the opportunity to hide more from us, while making whistle blowing more dangerous. Given what is happening to Wikileaks, who would be brave enough to expose a presidential lie?
What’s even more frightening: So many in the media go along with this charade, thereby surrendering even more of their freedom of the press. How suicidal can the media get? I just read one columnist (Anne Applebaum), who parrots the official line that these leaks mean “frank discussion will soon be impossible” (for politicians). Puleeeze! Frank discussion? Does any politician ever engage in “frank discussion”? How about some “frank discussion” with the American public. That would be refreshing.
Oh, wait. Gen. Stanley McChrystal did have a frank discussion with the public. He was fired. I guess that firing was O.K. with Ms. Applebaum and her ilk, because the government did it, and after all, the government always is honest.
It’s time the American public begins to know the truth about our politicians and their decisions. Perhaps a few hundred thousand American lives can be saved. Rather than prosecuting Julian Assange, give him a medal. Yes, I know. His motives are not the highest. He’s not exactly pro-America. But he has done us all a favor. Now if only we are smart enough to take advantage of it by reducing, not increasing, the government’s power to hide the truth.
Bravo Wikileaks. I hope the cockroaches don’t get you.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
No nation can tax itself into prosperity. Those who say the stimulus “didn’t work” remind me of the guy whose house is on fire. A neighbor runs with a garden hose and starts spraying, but the fire continues. The neighbor wants to call the fire department, which would bring the big hoses, but the guy says, “Don’t call. As you can see, water doesn’t put out fires.”