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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Why Our Leaders Can't Do Anything Right

They don't have to.

There are no consequences should they not.

Does the name Walter Short mean anything to you?


Here - from Wikipedia - is a short bio of the man:
Walter Campbell Short (March 30, 1880 – March 9, 1949) was a Major General in the United States Army and the U.S. military Commander responsible for the defense of U.S. military installations in Hawaii at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

A commission headed by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Owen J. Roberts, known as the Roberts Commission was held soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor. General Short, along with Navy commander, Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, was accused of being unprepared and charged with dereliction of duty. The report charged that he and Adm. Kimmel did not take seriously enough an earlier war warning and did not prepare for an air attack at Pearl.

On December 17, 1941 General Short was removed from command of Pearl Harbor as a result of the attack. Short was ordered back to Washington, D.C. by Army Chief of Staff George C. Marshall in disgrace. He was reduced in rank ...
It's called accountability.

Question: Who was held accountable for our lack of preparedness when 9/11 came about (besides Osama bin Ladin)?

Answer: Nobody.

That dereliction continues.  As more American lives are being lost:
Holder Can’t Name One Person Held Accountable for Fast and Furious
By Fred Lucas, CNS News

(CNSNews.com) – Attorney General Eric Holder, in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, could not identify a single Justice Department official who was held accountable for the botched gun-walking program known as Operation Fast and Furious.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) asked Holder, “Can you name me one person who’s been held accountable for this Fast and Furious Operation? Just one in the Department of Justice?”

“Well we have made a number of changes with regard to personnel both in the Phoenix U.S. Attorney’s Office, also at the ATF headquarters here,” Holder said. “I will certainly await the report that comes out of the Inspector General. And I will assure you and the American people that people will be held accountable for any mistakes that were made in connection with Fast and Furious.”

Holder did not mention the three ATF supervisors who were closely involved in the operation – William McMahon, William Newell and David Voth – all of whom were either promoted or moved to new management positions at the agency's headquarters in Washington after whistleblowers complained to Congress. [link]
Eric Holder assures us.  I feel assured, don't you?

Ever heard the term "the buck stops here"?  Well, that buck stops at the end of Eric Holder's nose in the tragic - and enraging - case of "Fast and Furious."

It's time we got back to holding people accountable for their mistakes and misjudgments.  It's time we started firing people in the Justice Department.

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* Want a better example of how failure and ineptitude were handled in years past?  Does the name Charles Stone mean anything to you?  No?  He was a Civil War general who led his men into battle at Ball's Bluff on October 20, 1861.  He was defeated and his force lost some 1,000 men in killed, wounded, and missing.

For his failure, Stone was arrested and imprisoned.