U.S. Senate Shames America
While many folks merrily praised St. Valentine for the Day of Love, somewhere in Washington D.C., one taciturn Vietnam War vet paid private tribute to St. Sebastian to put an end to his tortuous ordeal on Feb.14 as the last day of hate.
Alas, as bad luck would have it, the irreconcilable Cruz-aiders have prevailed again as the longest political witch hunt in US history to keep American warrior crucified, will be extended over the next 10 days of Capitol infamy.
Senator Hagel, badly mauled but unrepentant, has yet to persevere and survive the final encounter with the grisly jaws of GOPlins to be anointed as a new Secretary of Defense before the end of the winter.
Even if he doesn’t live up to the expectations of his many supporters in & outside the Beltway as the sarge in charge of the Pentagon , he has already earned the right for the 3d Purple Heart for his new wounds in forlorn recon mission as presidential vanguard and lightning rod.
First the Unholy Inquisition resorted to harassing fire by proxy to calumniate the Senator as hardcore anti-Semitic gay-basher and force the president and his DOD nominee into retreat & surrender.
When that preemptive scare tactics didn’t play out as nicely as it did before against probing intention to nominate pugnacious UN Ambassador to run the State Department, the Guardians of Vice & Virtue activated the Plan B on the sly.
Thus, SAS (Senate Armed Services) Committee Q&A supposedly friendly session on the Pentagon chief nomination has whiplashed into macabre character assassination, led by special interests bloodhounds & publicity vultures.
The hearing was intended to be only about Chuck Hagel and his vision to deal with multiple DOD challenges, from looming sequestration to military corpulence to ‘victorious’ narco state in Afghanistan and ‘freedom fighters’ ‘Spring’ board in Africa and Syria.
Instead, it offered HD close-up at the paragon of perfect polity, streamed alive by TV & internet to American & international audiences alike.
Here is the main lesson from the ongoing which hunt for diplomatic, intel & military community at large:
To paraphrase the former CIA & DOD Chief Robert Gates, anybody who thinks it’s possible to get a fair treatment from US Congress, should have his head examined.
Mark Twain was probably the first who discovered the ugly truth about Congress, which he described as “the smallest minds and the selfishest souls and the cowardliest hearts that God makes.”
Any decent democratic dictator, moderate drag lord or foreign palace puppet could reasonably expect royal reception & standing ovations on the Hill as Gorbi & mujahedin used to enjoy.
However, if an individual, even an American citizen who happened to be a decorated war vet and two-time Senator, dares to exhibit the traces of ‘reprehensible’ thinking, independent from US special interests, he’s a fair game for Abu Ghraib treatment by the US Senate, the fossilized repository of imperial hubris and parochial exhibitionism.
Editing: Jim W. Dean