If you are reading this, your government regards you as a rightwing extremist-potential terrorist. It can send its heavily armed thugs to break down your door in the night, rough up your family, seize your property, and take you to prison.
Its official. Michael Hayden, former Air Force Major General, former head of the Central Intelligence Agency, and former head of National Security Agency has announced that rightwing jihadists are the greatest extant threat to America. Not China, Russia, or Islam, and certainly not crime and illegal immigrants
General Hayden has 26 medals, although his Wikipedia entry does not contain a single mention of any actual combat. Reminds me of the present CRT commander of the Army Gen. Silly Milley. General Hayden has occupied every administrative post imaginable in the defense establishment of the United States. He did NOT go to West Point or Colorado Springs.
He has also been accused of lying to Congress about surveillance of U.S. citizens. But maybe his recent statement is just a lapse because Wikipedia also reports that he suffers from aphasia. However, his alert about the greatest danger to our country is major news.
The fact is that our defense establishment is a vast overgrown, catastrophically wasteful, incompetent bureaucracy, reflecting every defect of American government and society. But Republican politicians, always slow to learn if not incapable of learning, will always vote big appropriations, and the big defense industries are among the most powerful lobbyists in the Federal City.
In retirement General Hayden has a net worth of $4.6 million and receives an annual salary of $1,460,000 from ION Pharmaceuticals. Oh, the sacrifices our public officials make to serve us. Pretty typical for the large number of generals and admirals that we support. Enough to tempt any normal mortal to assume an air of superiority.
In our establishment, genuine fighting men exist only at the lowest levels. And it appears that such real dedicated and experienced soldiers are being purged as enemies of “American democracy.”
What if we are to need a real fighting force, which given the world, the incompetence of our saber-rattling politicians and “generals,” seems highly possible. Our politicians and defense bureaucrats seem to think they can control the world by sending missiles around the globe, but serious patriots are aware of major vulnerabilities in U.S. war-making ability. China, Russia, and Iran have serious, competent leaders who actually care about their countries.
And did you know that Biden has just appointed our first Transgender Admiral? Can you imagine this freak commanding a warship?
Clyde Wilson is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina He is the author or editor of over thirty books and published over 600 articles, essays and reviews