Shock upon shocks, the Washington Post has loudly proclaimed that it has found a pile of waste and abuse in a Federal spending program—and wouldn't you know it, this just happens to be the side of our government whose core mission is keeping America safe:
The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work.
Never mind the billions of dollars wasted to graft from Obama's stimulus program, or the trillions lost to Medicare fraud over the years. Neither of these massive drains on the taxpayer's wallet even come close to deserving a full-page interactive tracking map—most likely because both consist of government waste that is perfectly acceptable to the editors at the Washington Post.
No, what irks these red trust-fund babies to no end is the thought that there are actually people out there who make a living trying to defend this country.
The thought undoubtedly keeps them up at night.
As I like to point out to friends, there was a point in time when our country's intelligence services were efficient, centralized, and optimized to reduce duplication and waste. And then, in 1974, our Democratic-led Congress shook things up in the famed Church Committee hearings, decimating our nation's intelligence-gathering operations for decades afterwards.
And just when our nation had nearly recovered from this long debacle, a Democratic appointee to the Justice Department named Jamie Gorelick wrote a famous memo that built a wall of separation between intelligence gathering and defense—which led us directly to the tragedy of 9/11.
So once again we confirm that elections have consequences—and that the election of any Democrat to the Executive Branch means our national security will be harmed. Don't think for one moment that the Post got the idea to run this story by themselves, either. The high-level people quoted in this article are a sure-fire sign that this meme is being pushed directly from the White House.
The Buck Stops There when it comes to endangering the lives of every single American working in national defense, apparently.
Side note: Considering that it's been pretty comfortably proven over the years that the fastest way to achieving efficiency is by privatizing government services, does this mean that the Washington Post is pulling for Blackwater (Xe) to take over full responsibility for our nation's intelligence gathering capabilities?
If so, then I'm all for that—but only if it annoys the Post. ;)
Update: Sweetness & Light offers a background look at the hard-left reporters "breaking" this story. I use quotes around "breaking" because we all know the Obama Administration is behind this. It's only a matter of time before the conductor of this particular orchestration steps forward and claims credit.