Gates: Public opinion can't sway Afghan commitment
WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the U.S. can't let public opinion sway its commitment to Afghanistan.
Gates says it's the responsibility of leaders to focus on the public interest and the long-term implications of U.S. involvement in the region.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Americans to view the country's effort in Afghanistan as aimed at protecting their families and their future.
Gates and Clinton spoke Thursday at the White House following President Barack Obama's remarks on a newly finished classified report on the Afghan war.
Its very simple, in a free country that is a democracy, public opinion does matter. Because in a free democracy, power resides with the people. Government officials exist only to represent the will of the people and to execute (ie, the executive branch) the will of the people.
When government officials stand up and tell you to your face that public opinion does not matter, then what they just told you is that you do not live in a free democracy.
Note that the remarks followed President Obama's at the same event. Which most likely means that they were pre-approved by the White House. And if not, Mr. Obama certainly didn't grab a microphone and object to these anti-American, anti-democracy statements. Remember, Mr. Obama could call Mr. Gates into his office and fire him at any time. Cabinet officials only serve at the pleasure of the President. If Gates isn't fired for saying this, then its the same as if Obama says it.
Gates and Obama .... the USA is no longer a free democracy.
The USA needs a democracy movement. Are there any unused colors left? The Turquoise movement? The Puce movement?