The Pentagon Papers.. 1971… 2009?
Well, I had been consulting for the government, and this is now ’64, for about six years at that point, since ’58, in particular since ’59: Eisenhower, Kennedy, and now Johnson. And I had seen a lot of classified material by this time—I mean, tens of thousands of pages—and had been in a position to compare it with what was being said to the public. The public is lied to every day by the President, by his spokespeople, by his officers. If you can’t handle the thought that the President lies to the public for all kinds of reasons, you couldn’t stay in the government at that level, or you’re made aware of it, a week. … The fact is Presidents rarely say the whole truth—essentially, never say the whole truth—of what they expect and what they’re doing and what they believe and why they’re doing it and rarely refrain from lying, actually, about these matters.
I just finished watching “The Pentagon Papers” and I have to say I am admiring what Ellsberg did. For whatever the reason, whether it be his own ego, or his love of the country, this man laid it on the line when he saw something incredibly wrong with our government.
Watching this with the perspective of the recent release of the Yoo memo’s only made me more worried that there is a lot more that our “Classification Happy” now ex president squirreled away in the recesses of some safe somewhere. Odd how the last 8 years seem to be slowly coming out of the shadows and exposed to the light, have an eerie likeness to the Nixon years huh… Of course, if you read the papers (which I may try and do some of that) then you also get a feel for the hubris of not only Nixon but also Johnson, Kennedy, etc etc… All made poor decisons and decieved the people as well as the rest of the government.
No Virginia, there is no shining city on the hill….
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