A Thought for the Weekend
Is it acceptable that a war conducted by the American government is kept secret?
One of the Wikileaks revelations is that the US military is conducting land war operations in Pakistan and air war operations in Yemen. Both of these events were suspected by many (who give a sh*t) and denied by the American government.
Usually wars are conducted without popular support. The history of wars is not one of vote taking. It is extremely rare that the people demand a war.
But it is quite another thing to conduct a war completely in secret. Even the most unpleasant wars were always fought with the citizenry's knowledge if not outright support. I can't even think of a case where a government started a war, but didn't inform it's public. Even less rare would be the cases where once the information became public, the government continued to deny it. Perhaps my reading of history is not complete on this issue.
So if you can leave aside the discussion of Wikileaks, Assange, and bradass87 (we've covered that enough already, haven't we?), let's ask a different question for the weekend:
Is it ok for a government, any government, to conduct hostile military operations in foreign countries, i.e. to engage in war, without informing its populace?
I open the comment section now.
David in Qatar