Lt.Gen. Mike Flynn Lied on his Top Secret Papers!
Flynn is just the tip of the iceberg of senior military officers who have violated civilian/military law. For some time now, I have been documenting the multiple miscreant activities committed by one or another senior U.S. military officers. Our U.S. Military is in serious moral trouble.
Several years ago, Gen. David Petraeus pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor when he handed over his personal notebooks replete with top secret sources and methods to his then paramour.
The truth of course is far more ugly.
Petraeus would have been charged with a major felony and would have been sentenced to several years in prison if it not had been for his lawyers and FBI Director James Comey. Comey accepted a lesser charge in order to avoid prosecution in a plea bargaining arrangement.
Similarly, up to twenty U.S. navy admirals as well as other senior naval officers have been implicated in a pay-off scam with “Fat Albert” involving graft and illicit sex. What is the problem with the moral compass, if there is any, of our senior officers?
For the past thirty years, American taxpayers have been lax in demanding prosecution of our senior military officers for criminal offenses that would have placed most ordinary citizens in the hoosegow. Today, we have twice as many senior officers as we had in WWII and that is part of the problem. Generals/Admirals by nature are far more political panderers then most civilians would imagine. Money, Money, Money in their pockets and that money comes from us the tax payers or illegal activities such as gun running, dope smuggling, human trafficking, organ trafficking etc.
One does not achieve those heights of conspicuousness without a clear predetermined plan of accomplishment and moral trade-offs. Clearly, a rising military star has to be more obsequious to his superiors than to his subordinates. This type of behavior is consistent with the ‘authoritarian personality’ type that has been studied for close to half-a-century.
According to Theodor. W. Adorno, the aforementioned personality type is ‘potentially fascistic’. In simpler terms, this fascistic type of personality usually has a very cynical view of humanity which he/she feels is quite inferior and requires the imposition of power and rigid limits. They accuse their fellow man of many unspecified abuses of societal norms which they in turn practice in troves without any ramifications. In turn, they feel superior to most mortals who have never or could never achieve their supposed exalted position in the military or civilian life.
Alfred Adler postulated that these individuals had a strong desire to ‘have will for power over others’ as a compensation for feelings of inferiority and insignificance. According to this view, the military officers needed to maintain control and prove superiority over others because the world was populated by ‘enemies’. These generals had no need for empathy or feelings for mutual benefit. [ All the above references/quotes are from Wikipedia].
It’s time that some of these generals go to prison. Considering the fact that we have not fought nor won any major wars since WWII, there is no reason to consider our generals/admirals as ‘war heroes’. Rather they are mostly military politicians, who have kowtowed to both their system and that of the civilian autocracy [congress/politicians] to achieve their exalted status.
There is no way that one can condemn all of our military services for the misdeeds of a few members. Yet if the armed services along with their civilian counterparts do not prosecute and jail any of these ‘water walkers’ for their heinous crimes then they will also become the models for future senior officers who feel that they too can cheat the American taxpayer without any serious recourse.
Mike Flynn [DIA], David Petraeus [DCI], and Rear Admiral Bruce Loveless [Navy Director of Intelligence Operations] should all be banned from any public office! Take away their military pensions and redistribute $$ back to the American citizen who paid for the privilege of their initial thuggery.
That will never happen.
In a republic that is deteriorating from the inside, it expected that the centurion guards who presumably protect that republic will also bear testimony to the cancer that festers from within.
The witty British playwright, George Bernard Shaw, said the following:
“Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.”