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Failure of the Communication

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Aug 24, 2009 at 15:41

To paraphrase a decidedly Americanesque observation made by a person found in American movie lore, 'what we have here is a failure to communicate.' Indeed, there are several failures of communication on the government level, every one of which having the potential to deceive, detract, demur, or deter any process of trying to ascertain the truth. And as observed by the assessment of the American Administration's view of the world's communities trying to find a way to get along, it is not going very well, nor do the prospects of anything seem to be getting any better. Why is that?

A primary directive of the American government, from its inception, is the collaborative protection of the participating states; that by Constitutional agreement, Federal agencies are given the responsibilities to provide a common defense from enemies abroad. It is expected, by law.

The problem, it seems now and as prognosticated in this site some time back, identification of the enemies bent on ill-will towards the American republic and the destruction of freedoms enjoyed by the citizens who are the inheritors of the liberties fought over and paid for by the defenders of those freedoms of decades and centuries past. An integral part of this problem is the forgetfulness of those who have been given a share of those responsibilities, in the executive, legislative and judicial branches, of exactly what is the source of the power by which they were placed in their respective positions. This forgetfulness bring about a weakness to identify the enemy, thereby bringing a willingness to consort with elements of those who would do us harm, and a further ineffectiveness to bring to bear the necessary show (and implementation) of force to achieve the Constitutional objective of protecting the republic.

What is being communicated here, then, if after several years (nay, decades)of aggressive pursuit of elemental enemies of the American way of government, there is now a dialogue from the American Administration that, by not merely suggesting, but in overt gesturing, saying there is a new sensibility of developing relationships with those sworn to destroy the very way of life originally defended by hundreds of thousands of American lives over more than two hundred years.

What answer can the American people expect in the turns of events that will result from such a shift in sensibilities? We have already heard from more than one hostile sector, of the avowed antagonists of American freedoms, that they will engage in any dialogue that will help them achieve the intentions against America and those who will consort with her. Their new perception is that they now have a new understanding from what they have heard; that while they may not believe they have an ally from within the American ranks, they can derive from the new perception of weakness in the defense of the liberties under American protection a strengthening of their resolve. The dialogue will end when they have built up the resolve to the point where they have made themselves ready to resort to the action deemed necessary to back up what they have resolved to do.

Then there will be no failing to understand the communication of their intentions; only then it will be too late.

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