That was quite a timely juxtaposition: a story in your June 11 edition on code-breakers in the Pacific War, 70 years after the fact, (“The turning point”, page 16) versus leaks of the exploits of modern-day SEALS (“Lawmakers pledge to crack down on Obama defense leaks”, page 4) and the bruised egos of the similarly “secret” Delta Force (Delta Force: Army’s ‘quiet professionals’ ”, page 23).
How is it that we were able to preserve silence on secret missions 70 years ago, but can’t wait to blab and spill the beans in minute detail practically while a so-called secret mission is under way? Then and now, we had a Democratic administration, the early one committed to honoring silence in order to protect and further our nation’s interests, the present one openly bragging about current missions, thus jeopardizing the success of ongoing and future ones, as well as betraying sympathizers who aided our cause. Even Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a staunch progressive, considers such leaks and boasts unconscionable, and worries about future cooperation.
Not only do we have a veritable cascade of leaks, we also have the unexplained “downing” of a drone by the Iranians, in which the drone failed to automatically destroy — what a lucky break, for our avowed enemies!
Which administration had it right, RooseveltTruman or Obama-Biden? Can we trust anybody anymore? Lizelot van Balgooy Upland, California It is hard not to be aware of how intrusive government has become in our lives. It seems that it is daily increasing attacks on personal freedoms and liberty. From local school systems and city governments deciding what you may and may not eat and drink, to the federal government and Obamacare, there seems to be no end.
I am now considering a new bumper sticker:
“Govt. Is a 4-letter Word”. Bill Osha Syracuse, Indiana