What happens when the emperor has no clothes, knows he has no clothes, and tells everyone if they say he doesn’t have any clothes he will destroy them?
Well, what happens is you get a vicious, despotic ruler who will go after anyone who doesn’t fall in line and espouse the mandated ideological rhetoric. Think I’m exaggerating? Recently President Obama referred to anyone opposing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iranian agreement, as “crazies.” If you don’t agree with the climate change agenda, you’re a member of the “flat earth society.”
We see daily disparaging references in the comments section here on this website because when you expose the nakedness of liberal progressivism, the doctrinal response is vile, vitriolic invectives — not willing debate. I appeared on “The Kelly File” this week with one progressive socialist named Richard Fowler who descended into that apoplectic state once his inane ramblings fell empty and he resorted to simply talking over me.
I am highly entertained by engaging the followers of Alinsky tactics, but what happens when the methods of intimidation and coercion affect the security of our nation? What happens when the truth is met with anger and disdain?
As reported by Fox News, you get this:
“The Defense Department’s inspector general is investigating whether intelligence reports about the progress of the U.S.-led coalition’s campaign against ISIS in Iraq have been “skewed” to be more optimistic. The New York Times first reported that at least one civilian employee of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) told authorities that officials at U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) were improperly reworking intelligence assessments prepared for policymakers, including President Obama. A senior military official confirmed to Fox News that an IG investigation has been initiated into the allegation.
The Times report did not say when the assessments were allegedly altered, nor did it say who may have been responsible. Officials told the paper the investigation was focused on whether military officials had changed the conclusions of draft intelligence reports during a review before passing them on.”
Is this a case of déjà vu all over again? Just like the infamous Benghazi intel points that were somehow sanitized by someone to say something different – and why? Is it now as it was then, that the truth, based on confirmed ground assessment and intelligence, is not part of the “story” that the Obama administration wants promulgated? Has the senior military leadership become so gun shy that they won’t submit anything that would anger the modern day Rasputin, Valerie Jarrett? Is it now a learned message, a rather Pavlovian one, where senior military leaders realize that telling the Obama administration it doesn’t have any clothes is a fast track to “retirement?”
History has taught us what happens when a despotic ruler refuses to hear the truth. Now, all you liberal progressives don’t go having your heads explode, this is an historical anecdotal example — maybe I should explain that? It means I’m using a parallel situation to make a point. I’m not making a personal comparison.
Consider the reluctance of the German general staff to inform Adolf Hitler about the D-Day landings in Normandy in order to secure his release of the Panzer formations. Hitler was convinced that the invasion would not come in Normandy — and no one wanted to tell him differently. Those key hours were instrumental and allowed the allied forces to secure a beachhead and push inland before reinforcements could be shifted.
But back to the present day. “The U.S. began launching airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq in August 2014, and did the same in Syria the following month. Last month, however, U.S. intelligence concluded that the terror group was not fundamentally weaker than it was when the aerial campaign began. Officials said that while intervention by the U.S.-led coalition had prevented the collapse of the Iraqi government and resulted in the rollback of some gains made by ISIS in the summer of 2014, the extremist group remained a well-funded army able to replenish its ranks with foreign jihadis as quickly as the U.S. can eliminate them.
The intelligence assessment also found that ISIS had expanded to other countries, including Libya, Egypt and Afghanistan. However, earlier that same month, retired Marine Gen. John Allen, the White House’s top envoy to other nations in the anti-ISIS coalition, told an audience at the Aspen Security Forum that ISIS had been “checked strategically, operationally, and by and large, tactically,” adding, more bluntly, “ISIS is losing.”
Hmm, ISIS has been checked strategically, operationally, and by and large tactically…ISIS is losing? Funny, the losers just blew up the ancient Roman ruins in Palmyra. The losers are still in control of large swaths of territory to include the second largest city in Iraq, Mosul.
The longer we continue to avoid the truth, the more time ISIS has to gain strength and a foothold. Perhaps the new normal is to allow a vile, savage, and barbaric Islamic jihadist army to grow and establish a caliphate. The last presidential administration which allowed that to happen was the Clinton administration. The country was Afghanistan. The group was the Taliban. And now we’re being told the JCPOA is a good thing and beneficial to global peace – even though all reports are to the contrary.
Perhaps the incident of falsified intelligence reports from USCENTCOM will just be another passing news story. It should not be. It is a very dangerous indicator of a degraded state of existence in our military. Commanders have the moral duty to take action, take responsibility, tell the truth, regardless of what personal harm it may bring, or the end of a career. I can speak to that.
When we start to have military leaders who are following administration talking points instead of truth — eventually troops die. Where is the Halsey, Nimitz, Patton, MacArthur, and Puller — remember what happened to AFRICOM Commanding General Carter Ham and CENTCOM Commanding General James Mattis?
Just like with Benghazi, the liberal progressive left will state there is nothing there, just “conspiracy theory,” don’t believe your lying eyes. Yep, and Bowe Bergdahl served with honor and distinction, correct Susan Rice?