Thanks to a marvelous post by Duane Graham recently, a small group of subscribers had a
very interesting discussion on the concept of free will. Whether such a thing actually exists will probably never be proven, but the politics of the 21st century certainly do not seem to support its existence. Humanity, led by the United States government, seems headed down a very dark road that diverges from its founding principles. Evidence of this is an essay by a West Point graduate reflecting on his involvement in the War on Terror in Afghanistan. It is a remarkable piece of truth-telling, and it is likely not what you first assume. Facing truth with an open mind can be very uncomfortable. Here is how it begins:
Born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, a former businessman who had helped run companies into the ground, he was widely considered ill-prepared for the presidency, out of his depth, a lightweight in a heavyweight world. Still, having won the Republican nomination and then a uniquely contested election, once in the Oval Office he proved to have a striking inclination for backing extreme acts and seemingly no compunctions when it came to promoting torture, politicizing the Justice Department, or kidnapping terror suspects (the innocent as well as the guilty) anywhere on Earth. He was determined to fill Guantanamo to the brim, more than ready to loose the U.S. military and American air power across the Greater Middle East, pleased to see that military and the CIA experiment with powerful new weaponry, perfectly willing to kill civilians in significant numbers without mercy, prone to ramping up America’s wars, ready to give the Pentagon whatever it needed (and more), eager to take down Iran and for that matter North Korea, and quite willing to put the fate of his foreign policy in the hands of “his” special general.
Who’s he talking about? Probably not who you think. Follow the link to find out.