Very good read, written by Col. West:
Scandals that must make a difference
We must listen to government officials telling us that losing an American ambassador and abandoning Americans in a combat engagement is irrelevant or that the incident at Benghazi, Libya, consulate is a joke or a made up scandal. This truly does not speak to the better angels of our nature.
When Susan Rice can lie to the American people five times on Sunday talk shows and be rewarded with a promotion to National Security Advisor — or when Victoria Nuland can play a key part in altering intelligence talking points and be recommended for higher State Department post — the government lacks the accountability the declaration envisioned. But then again, as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “What difference does it make?”
We found out this week that the State Department allegedly has been covering up some disturbing behavior by some ambassadors and security detail personnel. I know, what difference does it make?
The difference is that we also now know that our own government is recording our communications data. We are told that these activities are all about ensuring national security, that the PRISM data-mining program and the PATRIOT Act that presumably allows it are necessary. President Obama told us “trade-offs” of our privacy are necessary to keep us secure.
But remember Benjamin Franklin’s warning: “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Refuse to consent to bad leadership
We know that a huge data collection facility is being built in Utah. What becomes of the billions of records mined daily?
What happened with Anwar al-Awlaki, the jihadist with ties to al Qaeda eventually killed in a drone strike; with Maj. Nidal Hasan of the Fort Hood, Texas, terrorist attack; with the underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab; with Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square bomber; with the Tsarnaev brothers of the Boston Marathon bombings; and with Carlos Bledsoe, who traveled to Somalia and Yemen for terrorist training and shot two Army soldiers? Why are 57 Islamic organizations, some with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, sending a letter to former counter-terrorism adviser and now-CIA Director John Brennan?
Why are we carpet-bombing American citizens while disregarding the enemy for precision scrutiny? Has cultural relativism and political correctness led us to the point where we all must be classified as being guilty of something to appease the sensitivities of others?
No, I do not subscribe to the belief that we must surrender civil liberties in order to be safer. That belief and the scandals discussed above have fueled a lack of trust between the governed and those occupying high elected offices.
If there is to be a next generation, we must re-establish the consent of the governed and discharge those who believe that lying, deception and the officialdom of arrogance is the new normal. We must find American leaders who will take responsibility and accountability for their actions, and we must not tolerate excuse-makers and deflectors.
The time for choosing is upon us all.