A retired high-ranking general has sounded a warning about the growing menace of the police state that has taken root in The Homeland post September 11, 2001. In remarks given during a speech on Monday, former Army General Stanley McChrystal who led the elite Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) spoke of the danger presented as the result of the actions of an unchecked government in the fight against terrorism. All Americans should take notice because there will never be an end to that “fight” in our lifetime.
McChrystal is the former top commander in Afghanistan who was forced into retirement by President Barack Obama after critical comments about the administration were revealed in a Rolling Stone magazine article in 2010. The comments didn’t go anywhere near the level that could be used to truly describe Obama and his cadre of ass clowns but El Presidente and Vice President Joe “Bite Me” Biden were infuriated enough to jettison the general. Such things tend to happen when gutless, thin skinned narcissistic chickenhawks with nothing but contempt for the Constitution are given positions of power.
Having landed on his feet with his own consulting firm The McChrystal Group, the former Army hero’s remarks are detailed in a story from the website of the beltway gospel Politico. I excerpt the following from the piece entitled “Stanley McChrystal warns against ‘police state’”:
Retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, warned on Monday the United States and other countries risk becoming police states as they tighten their grip on civil liberties as they fight a new threat of terrorism.
“In some countries, there’s going to be a great temptation to lock down, and the government is going to get tight control,” McChrystal said at a POLITICO “Lessons from Leaders” luncheon in Washington. “People want order.”
McChrystal explained that single lone-wolf individuals could now do more damage than ever before — and that citizens must guard against ceding too much power to the government in response to a terrorist threat that’s not easing anytime soon.
There is a “delicate sweet spot” between authoritarianism and anarchy, he said, and “we’re going to have to work really hard to work toward it.”
The U.S. government’s response to the 2001 attacks on America have not only provided an excuse for a vast expansion of authoritarian state power but also spawned a lucrative industry profiteering off of the Global War on Terror (GWOT). Obama and his administration have done more to drag this once great country to the brink of full blown fascism than any leader in history. It would be wise to heed the advice of a decorated soldier in that GWOT like General McChrystal.
Stan McChrystal isn’t the first prominent warrior to weigh in on the dangers of the domestic police state either. Erik Prince, founder of the private military contracting corporation Blackwater (now Academi) and a man who is no bleeding heart liberal recently expressed a similar sentiment. Mr. Prince raised eyebrows last year when during an interview with Eli Lake of the liberal Daily Beast he stated:
“America is way too quick to trade freedom for the illusion of security,” he told The Daily Beast. “Whether it’s allowing the NSA to go way too far in what it intercepts of our personal data, to our government monitoring of everything domestically and spending way more than we should. I don’t know if I want to live in a country where lone wolf and random terror attacks are impossible ‘cause that country would look more like North Korea than America.”
It is good to see a decorated veteran like Stanley McChrystal speaking out about how close that America is to the edge of the abyss. As none other than philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche cautioned: “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”
Fighting “monsters” such as terrorists is one thing but what happens when the “monsters” exist within our very own government?