“The terrifying fact is that our national security state is capable of terrifying crimes—no matter who runs the country. It’s unsettling. So there’s a strong temptation to focus on the private virtues of the individual who sits atop it rather than the messy machinery beneath.”
Yes, the singling out of individuals at the top obscures a deep cancer that pervades our “security” state. The Pledge of Allegiance seems to move many in this state to hideous crimes and hideous value systems. No doubt money lubricates many of those who fall prey to such. How to expunge the sickness is the $64-billlion-dollar question. Maybe global climate change will awaken some, but I fear that others will see opportunities to exploit the sufferings of those most affected who will be unable to defend their natural resources. The seven deadly sins march on unabated, it seems.