From Day One of the invasion of Iraq, I predicted that it cannot end with an organized democracy and/or stable government. Most people with any background knowledge of the area knew this. Iraq was never a true nation; it had been cobbled together by European colonialists, primarily Great Britain.
In a recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, it was pointed out that nationally about 6% of Americans do not believe the U.S. landed a man on the moon. They see it as a hoax. No matter how many facts are obvious, many still cannot believe the truth. Surprised? I'm not. Consider some of the things Americans believe that are NOT true, and in most cases, far more that 6%, and in many instances it is a large majority.
With the passing of Walter Cronkite, I am reminded how much worse and less professional news reporting has become. "Uncle Walter" was trusted because he was objective and honest. He also had some historical understanding and knowledge of the back-story in the news he reported. This is gone forever. And he acknowledged in his later life that news reporting and journalism no longer served the public as it once had.
Let's stop and take the time to celebrate the wide diversity in America. Our democratic Republic was founded on principles that freed us from the tyranny of royalty, specific religion, bigotry, etc. A nation that declared through its Constitution that it would protect the rights of the minority, even the minority of one.
When the OSS morphed into the CIA in 1947 it was difficult to set up guidelines for a secret service functioning in a representative democracy. Secrecy is what struck fear in the minds of Americans. Lots has changed since then. We have had ebbs and flows of secrecy and illegal actions by the CIA. While Republican administrations seem to lean in the direction of using secrecy and manipulating the CIA to use this secrecy to advance Republican agendas, it has not been limited to GOP presidents.