Rough Men

I have held my peace on the issue of CIA interrogations and “domestic spying” for quite awhile.  In the hubbub surrounding Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the CIA’s policy of interrogating terrorists I need to say my piece.  Especially since the word is that the Director of the CIA Leon Panetta went toe to toe with Rahm Emanuel in a screaming match about the investigations.

I want to quote George Orwell at the front end:  “Men sleep peacefully in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”  For citizens of the United States of America these rough men are the men of our armed forces and intelligence agencies.  For a nation to survive in our ever dangerous world it is necessary to have these men at the ready.

9/11 was a wake up call unlike any America has experienced since Pearl Harbor and now more than ever we need rough men watching.  Terrorists are the most despicable and dangerous of America’s enemies.  They’re goal is not to dominate us on the battlefield, for they know we will win.  Terrorists seek to dominate the American psyche and paralyze us from action allowing them to dictate to us.

Rough men are the only way to combat this threat.  Rough American men is the perfect water to the fire of terrorists.  Mitch Rapp is an extreme example but one which has models worth considering.  Decisive action must be taken in the field and armchair quarterbacking is not going to keep America safe.  Our rough men must be kept close eye on so they continue to operate for America but they and their handlers must know when it is time to ask permission and when to ask forgiveness.  Decisive action taken with the world’s most advanced intelligence system providing backup is enough to instill fear into any warlord.  Fear is a weapon we in America need to learn to use as effectively as our enemies.


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