I personally think that our government needs to start practicing straight talk. And this is across party lines, Americans deserve to hear truth, and not bull shit. You can protect programs, field operatives, and OPSEC while maintaining the truth. A simple, “the situation is complicated and we don’t have all the answers” will work. Try something different and you end up on wrong end of an American pitch fork.
It also disappoints me that we have a political system that doesn’t promote or reward taking accountability. In fact it seems to promote everything but. To have the head of the State Department wait almost a month before accepting responsibility is, what we call in the military, UNSAT (Unsatisfactory). We need to put incentives in place that reward standing up and taking immediate responsibility.
Politicians are quick to grandstand, and give condolences to families of fallen heroes. At the same time, they do nothing about the fact that U.S. Security contractors, a massive, and somewhat necessary force overseas, only receive only a few thousand dollars in burial funds when KIA. Glen, Ty, and a lot of others are in this category, and it’s UNSAT. Pet burial costs more.
The World, especially Libya, is a very dangerous place, and all involved knew the risks. Glen, and I talked about this frequently, this was his second trip, he knew the job, and the risks. Rest assured that him, and the others, yes there were others, would have raised their hands to go again in hindsight.