A reason for treason?
The growing flap over the national security leaks coming – at least in the opinion of some – from the White House, brings me to the conclusion that we Americans have totally lost track of love of country. We ought to be outraged today. Instead, we are complacent.
Let’s think for a moment about not just the uniformed military men and women who put their lives on the line for us every day, but also about those who work behind the scenes to gather the essential intelligence necessary to do things like thwart terrorist attacks and/or tracking down and killing Osama Bin Laden.
These covert operators – like the Pakistani doctor who aided the US in finding Bin Laden in the first place, and the Navy Seals who did the actual wet work must operate outside the spotlight. As a matter of fact, to do otherwise can be a death sentence. The Doctor, after we “leaked” his part of the story was arrested, tortured, tried, convicted and now languishes in prison where he is serving a life sentence for his trouble. The Seal Team, after being identified by just such a “leak” lost many of its members in a helicopter strike almost immediately thereafter which carried them to their untimely deaths.
This, it appears, is how we reward courage and patriotism.
Now, if the pundits are correct, and the President and his ‘national security advisor’ Tom Donilon are at the root of these egregious leaks of classified information, they must be tried and convicted. Just like Scooter Libby, who was convicted for his part in “outing” former CIA operative Valerie Plame, people who compromise the effectiveness of this country’s information-seeking efforts must be punished severely.
If the Commander in Chief of the United States Military is in any way complicit in putting our heroes in even more danger than that for which they have volunteered simply to make the President’s foreign policy record look better, he needs a swift kick in the first buttocks…every step of the way to Leavenworth.