Noel Coward - Don't Let's Be Beastly to the Germanshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?...
It seems that TLC won't be airing the Duggars. Good. Maybe they should act like the Learning Channel and actually show programming that educates people. And maybe Josh should be repentant and actually spend some time in prison for his actions. If he wants forgiveness he'll take back everything he said about us in the LGBT community.
See my reply to olcurmudgeon above.
Defending a career intelligence officer for doing as the law and professional standards demand is not the same as defending the war. The preamble is not statute, it's a list of goals, with a series of articles following which describe how they are to be achieved. One of those describes how the president is in charge of the relevant instruments of government. Further, there are specific laws and internal regulations describing this mans exact duties. Telling you anything important is not among them, I promise.
Under our system it is for the elected officials, starting with the president, to determine the nation's course of action. Everyone below that level is merely a cog in the machine, obedient to the "officers appointed over" them. His official duty was to give the president his best information, then carry out whatever lawful orders he was given in return. It is perfectly lawful (go look it up) for the president to lie to the american people.
The security apparatus (ODNI, DOD, DHS, etc…) is packed full of people in possession of secrets of this type, some larger than others. Everyone that has ever worked in this field can tell you stories of superiors either ignoring or reversing assessments for reasons they were never made privy to. Everyone has saluted the flag, said "aye aye sir" and carried out an order they believed suicidal or just stupid. No member of this field would forgive another for doing otherwise.
If you stop and think you will realize that it cannot possibly function any other way. Mac was relieved for publicly stating that we should nuke the PRC. Not because he actually tried to make it happen, but for publicly undermining presidential policy in a war. What you are saying this man should have done is not fundamentally different.
What all this outrage really comes down to is that many americans are angry about being suckered into an invasion by a charming sociopath and want someone to blame. In reality, we as a country were stampeded like panicked sheep in the wake of 9/11, desperate for a man on a horse to make us safe. Now the bill has come due, and our national stupidity and cowardice has been brought forth for all to see, but we as a people don't want to face that. The president and only the president can be held responsible for the lie - he's the one we elected, he's the one that reports to us.
It was painfully obvious to anyone paying attention that Iraq had no nuclear weapons program. It was our collective stupidity and cowardice that caused this, nothing else.