After a discussion that I had with a Canadian friend of mine, regarding this article -- http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/michael-morell-bush-cheney-iraq-war -- he later emailed me this question:
" If the article is reliable, why could not the Obama white house expose these guys as crooks or imbeciles to be more generous? Or, are they all the same?"
Being quite an astute observer of the US political environment, during our conversation he was alarmed that he hadn't heard of this revelation and even more astounded that it wasn't being used as a basis for serious legal action.
Fancying myself to be a student of contemporary history, I decided to delve into this question to a greater degree than I had in the past. Why is there not a demanding movement to prosecute our home-based war criminals? After all, we seemed to feel no compunction to avoid chasing down, trying and sentencing to death German and Japanese war criminals after WWII.
Could the blame again be placed on the media, specifically the corporate controlled Main Street Media? After all, it has been repeatedly pointed out that, as opposed to just three TV channels, we now have access to multiple news channels, the radio as well as the Internet and an array of social media. Rather than the majority of us all gathering around the information "campfire" every night to have our opinions formed en masse by trusted reporters like Edward R. Morrow or Walter Cronkite. Instead, we all slink off at various times to receive our self-selected voices of our own particular concept of reason in isolated privacy. These great new tools of communication are fragmenting us instead of unifying us. We are almost secretly delving deeper into the competitive modes of thought development, rather than the critical cooperative concepts related to unification. It seems as though we have forgotten the vital last part of the phrase, "United we stand ..."
Additionally, I don't think that we realize how infantile we are behaving in our rather primative use of these new communication tools. Instead of putting them to work, saving ourselves and our planet from ourselves, we are instead playing with them like children. Seeking entertainment instead of solutions. Using them to assuage our deep-seated fears, insecurities and lost sense of control; the same as our children, with their own addictions to video games.
Perhaps these rationalizations can be readily applied to the younger members of our crowd, but what about us older folks? What has happened to my generation? The ones who had our minds opened up and expanded by the likes of Bob Dylan, Howl, Woodstock, Civil Rights, Viet Nam, and yes -- Timothy Leary? I have a sense that the bulk of my contemporaries feel beaten, since I certainly do! Looking back at my personal history, I believe that I started to object, resist, complain and fight back when, at some point, I was shocked into realizing that the vital bond of trust, between my government and myself, had been broken. Prior to that moment, from the time I was born, I had a yet unrealized sense of security that I could only appreciate after it was gone. That trust was shattered, the day I realized that my government was lying about this particular event: