When the OSS morphed into the CIA in 1947 it was difficult to set up guidelines for a secret service functioning in a representative democracy. Secrecy is what struck fear in the minds of Americans. Lots has changed since then. We have had ebbs and flows of secrecy and illegal actions by the CIA. While Republican administrations seem to lean in the direction of using secrecy and manipulating the CIA to use this secrecy to advance Republican agendas, it has not been limited to GOP presidents.
As the right-wing continues to move the goal posts everytime Obama does something correctly, let's be honest in how we got here...
Endlessly we go on about this and that related to health care in the U.S. Much of the argument has been clandestinely posed for us by insurance and pharmaceutical companies who know their greedy profits may be called into question. Health care should be a right guaranteed to all Americans ...all Americans.
With the passing of former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, we are again reminded of the horrible mistake the Vietnam War was. Democratic Presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson had him serve as a front man in Vietnam. Because of his sterling leadership as head of Ford Motor Co., it was thought he would make a great leader in the Pentagon. He served longer than any Secty. of Defense. Decisions made in Vietnam were absolutely atrocious. Johnson may have played a key role in keeping that war going, but McNamara must certainly at least share in the historical debacle. We should have learned that corporate leadership does not necessarily translate into public service. And most of all, we should have learned that the U.S. should not engage in imperialistic-like wars.