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Monday, March 5, 2012
Truth, Lies & Afghanistan
A link forwarded by a blog reader and distinguished former Naval aviator.
I think war always sucks, and is most of the time either unnecessary or immoral, so this is one off-topic that I will entertain when prompted by people I respect.
Tell The Truth
When it comes to deciding what matters are worth plunging our nation
into war and which are not, our senior leaders owe it to the nation and
to the uniformed members to be candid — graphically, if necessary — in
telling them what’s at stake and how expensive potential success is
likely to be. U.S. citizens and their elected representatives can decide
if the risk to blood and treasure is worth it.
Likewise when having to decide whether to continue a war, alter its aims
or to close off a campaign that cannot be won at an acceptable price,
our senior leaders have an obligation to tell Congress and American
people the unvarnished truth and let the people decide what course of
action to choose. That is the very essence of civilian control of the
military. The American people deserve better than what they’ve gotten
from their senior uniformed leaders over the last number of years.
Simply telling the truth would be a good start.