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Opinion | Mike Pompeo: Last in His Class at West Point in Integrity
Nov. 18, 2019 | The New York Times | By Thomas L. Friedman

....Pompeo has just violated one of the cardinal rules of American military ethics and command: You look out for your soldiers, you don’t leave your wounded on the battlefield and you certainly don’t stand mute when you know a junior officer is being railroaded by a more senior commander, if not outright shot in her back.........Pompeo instead let his ambassador to Ukraine — who depended on him for protection — be stabbed in her back with a Twitter knife, wielded by the president, rather than tell Trump: “Sorry, Mr. President, if you fire her, I will resign. Because to do otherwise would be unjust and against my values and character — and because I would lose the loyalty of all my diplomats if I silently went along with such a travesty of justice against a distinguished 33-year veteran of the foreign service.”............“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, but lose his soul?” — Mark 8:36......As two now retired, longtime State Department diplomats, Aaron David Miller and Richard Sokolsky, wrote on CNN.com on Saturday, “At the very least, Pompeo enabled the smear campaign to go unchallenged, acquiesced in the Giuliani back-channel effort with Ukraine and failed to say a word in defense of Bill Taylor, George Kent or Marie Yovanovitch. These are breathtaking acts of craven political cowardice and beneath the dignity of any secretary of state.”

Mike Pompeo: Last in his class at West Point on ethics in leadership.........Reporters and columnists need to ask Pompeo every chance they get: “What moral code are you operating by that would justify such behavior?’’.....it’s now clear that Pompeo had not taken an oath to defend and protect the Constitution. He took an oath to defend and protect Donald J. Trump and Pompeo’s own future political career — above all else — and that’s exactly what he’s been doing. Shame on him.
character_traits  conspiracies  cowardice  diplomacy  disinformation  Donald_Trump  ethics  integrity  leadership  Michael_Pompeo  moral_codes  political_expediency  principles  scriptures  Tom_Friedman  Ukraine  U.S._State_Department  U.S.foreign_policy  values  West_Point 
november 2019 by jerryking
Parliament, bastion of our democracy, deserves greater respect - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Sep. 25 2014

Parliament is supposed to be the most important place in the structure of Canadian governance. We don’t elect a government; we elect members to the House of Commons, and out of them a government is formed. Government may propose legislation, but Parliament has to pass it. The government can’t spend money unless Parliament votes it. And though a majority government has enormous power, it still has to work through Parliament, including by regularly standing in front of the opposition and facing their questions, during Question Period. There aren’t many ways to hold a majority government to account. This is one of them.... The government more and more treats Parliament like a bothersome impediment, to be bypassed or minimized whenever it is expedient. For example, the government appears to have avoided proper legislative scrutiny for a host of crime bills by treating them as private member’s bills, which receive much less study and oversight.
editorials  Parliament  House_of_Commons  parliamentary_democracy  loyal_opposition  Paul_Calandra  political_expediency  respect  GoC 
october 2014 by jerryking
Bergdahl Critics Didn’t Howl When Bush Freed Prisoners - NYTimes.com
JUNE 14, 2014 | NYT |

Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to interview one of the prison camp’s most valuable detainees, a Qaeda loyalist from Morocco named Abdullah Tabarak. According to multiple reports, Mr. Tabarak had been Osama bin Laden’s chief bodyguard and longtime confidant, and he gave himself up to help bin Laden elude capture shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks.

But when the investigators arrived, Mr. Tabarak wasn’t in his cell. The guards would not say where he was. His disappearance was so mysterious that one investigator took to calling him “the milk carton guy.”

In August 2004, news reports from Morocco revealed he was back home in Casablanca. The Bush administration never explained the release, but, as Jess Bravin documents in “The Terror Courts,” his comprehensive account of the legal — and more often extralegal — events that have taken place at Guantánamo since 2002, it appears political expediency played a crucial role. Morocco had, among other things, hosted a C.I.A. “black site” and interrogated suspects secretly deported by the United States.

Republicans continue to rail against President Obama’s trade of five Taliban detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
political_expediency  hypocrisy  Obama  GOP  Bowe_Bergdahl  Guantánamo_Bay 
june 2014 by jerryking
WHAT READERS THINK Nov. 26: Deeply skeptical, and other letters to the editor
I don’t want to condone Nigel Wright’s actions, but I do believe he felt what he was doing was right (it didn’t cost the taxpayers anything) and expedient.

His business background was likely ...
Nigel_Wright  letters_to_the_editor  organizational_culture  scandals  political_expediency 
november 2013 by jerryking
Why We Love Politics - NYTimes.com
November 22, 2012 | NYT | By DAVID BROOKS.

I hope everybody who shares this anti-political mood will go out to see “Lincoln,” directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Tony Kushner. The movie portrays the nobility of politics in exactly the right way.

It shows that you can do more good in politics than in any other sphere. You can end slavery, open opportunity and fight poverty. But you can achieve these things only if you are willing to stain your own character in order to serve others — if you are willing to bamboozle, trim, compromise and be slippery and hypocritical.

The challenge of politics lies precisely in the marriage of high vision and low cunning. Spielberg’s “Lincoln” gets this point. The hero has a high moral vision, but he also has the courage to take morally hazardous action in order to make that vision a reality.
Abraham_Lincoln  compromise  cunning  David_Brooks  hypocrisy  moral_hazards  movies  politics  political_expediency  public_policy  serving_others  tradeoffs 
november 2012 by jerryking
Elect your local hypocrite
June 12, 2004 | G&M | Doug Saunders.

Hypocrisy now has the backing of science. Keith Stanovich, a cognitive scientist at the University of Toronto, has built a strong scientific case in defence of hypocn'sy

Mr. Stanovich, in his fascinating book The Robot's Rebellion, defines hypocrisy as the collision of first-order and second-order thought. First-order thought consists of the basic, animal desires promoted by our genes — reproduction, self-preservation, mate-finding, nest-building, self-aggrandizement and personal defence

People whose thoughts are mostly first-order are known as wantons: Their personal desires and aspirations are their only goals, and their principles consist of remaking the world to suit those goals People who vote for right-wing parties entirely because they want to pay less tax are wantons. So are people who vote for left-wing parties just because they want their organizations to get more grants.

Second-order thought looks beyond personal needs into rational calculations of larger principles and goals: If I give up this desire right now, it says, we all could be better off. It is higher, more principled intelligence. It constantly battles with our first-order desires, tending to require an even higher order of thought to reconcile those collisions. in Mr. Stanovich's system, the people who engage in this kind of thinking are known as strong evaluators.
Hypocrisy is a product of strong evaluation.
Doug_Saunders  decision_making  politics  hypocrisy  thinking  political_expediency  instant_gratification  delayed_gratification  wisdom  books  first-order  second-order  tradeoffs  self-preservation  mate-finding  nest-building  self-aggrandizement 
september 2012 by jerryking
A Courageous Profile - WSJ.com
May 8, 2003 | WSJ | By ALBERT R. HUNT.

The Profile in Courage award is given to public figures who put principle ahead of political expediency, like the politicians in the late President Kennedy's book who risked their careers to do what they felt was right. Previous winners have included civil-rights hero John Lewis and Gerald Ford, who won for his pardon of Richard Nixon.
politicians  entrepreneur  bigotry  the_South  courage  political_expediency 
august 2012 by jerryking

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