In 2011, Col. Wilkerson, Chief of Staff for General Powell (1989--2003), Bush II's Secretary of State, said that his preparing of the February 5, 2003 UN presentation building the case for the Invasion of Iraq was "probably the biggest mistake of my life." Powell has been notably silent since his comment that the evidence was all "bullshit." Well, Wilkerson has been anything but silent, or even respectfully quiet. How many top echelon federal officials can you think of who have been as honest & courageous in dealing with the consequences of their decisions? Pretty impressive!
So, now that the government &
the military have managed to create a condition of perpetual war, is our
constitution & the rule of law irrelevant for the foreseeable future?
Apparently. In 2004, the
Qaed Salim Sinan al-Harethi was killed by the CIA during a covert targeted killing mission in
It seemed so dark, so bitter to watch the Supreme Court move
former president & exDirector of the CIA George Herbert Walker Bush's son
into the White House; so dark as to feel like at some fundamental level the country
had utterly lost its way. So many of us thought that surely Americans would not
tolerate this. But we did. We tolerated it because we had necrotic charlatans
like Pat Robertson & Jerry Falwell telling us that they had just talked to
God that morning & that He had asked them to let us know how pleased He was
with the Supreme Court's choice of former president & former exDirector of
the CIA George Herbert Walker Bush's son as our president. We tolerated it
knowing it meant shattering the rule of law. We tolerated it knowing that
something had gone profoundly wrong & that the consequences would be grim
& unacceptable. Cheney, Rumsfeld, Bush & their craven cohorts in the
Pentagon & the Department of Justice knew the moral & ethical
It is becoming increasingly clear that the functional word for all of us is "degraded."
I think it is nothing short of astonishing that Col. Wilkerson emerged from that septic environment with his conscience in tact. Maybe his fearless honesty will have some influence on where Obama takes us during his second term.
Hot on the heels of this day dedicated to remembering all our dead vets, we should all bear in mind there are many reasons that on average 18 American vets commit suicide each day, but clearly one of the main reasons is that they have been betrayed & they know it. The question, "How do you serve a president who is an assassin?" haunts all of us veterans whether we are dead, about to be dead, or still hanging around.