Again, we have Washington with its burials and its
laudations betrayals become elegy — where the ones praising the dead are also their executioners.
A Roman tradition carried brightly on by moral gamesmen, whose empires are supported by three rhetorical questions:
- Is it ethical for men in power, men entrusted by their countrymen with that power, to go outside the law if the situation demands it?
- Is it reasonable to expect the average citizen to understand what needs to be done?
- Is it logical to expect self-serving politicians to act on what needs to be done?
Moreover, there was no way that 16 divergent and competing intelligence agencies, “agencies staffed by bureaucrats who protected their rice-bowls more fiercely than any tigress ever protected a cub, would give up their authority, their autonomy, or their budgets for the sake of ‘cooperation'”. The spineless reports of fat blue ribbon commissions are produced for citizens only.
For gentlemen spies, political heirs of the original gentleman spy, Bill Donovan, positioned in between bureaucrats assigned to defend an agency’s dwindling budget, and ‘managers’ who, in line with current American management practices, did not really understand what they managed and hence had no idea what their technical or human instruments were overseeing, security overrides legality.