With the situation in Libya coming to a boil and with both the rebels and Pro – Gandalfi stalemated in the midst of Libya, congress has held several hearings that have questioned America’s intelligence community about the situation on the ground. James R. Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, is one of the varying officials that was questioned in these hearings, and as result of these hearings, is facing absurd charges for stating that the situation on the ground favors Pro-Gandalfi forces ‘” a clear status quo that many in the U.S. military and NATO believe to be the case if the free world does not intervene in Libya.
The senator in particular that has called for Clappers resignation is Senator Lindsey Graham (R ‘” South Carolina) who claims that “Clappers reckless behavior has to be stopped”. Looking at this call for Clappers resignation, we can’t help but wonder why? Telling the truth in our democracy is an essential corner stone for our society. Simply put, it’s how we get straight answers and solve our problems ‘” not pretending what we want to hear. For this particular case, the senators in question called director Clapper in particular, understood that this was a public hearing with cameras, and asked the questions themselves. From the calls of resignation from Senator Lindsey Graham ‘” an obvious indicator that the “hearing” went wrong ‘” it’s clear that some members of congress expect the “hearings” to be a propaganda toolbox. When the American people tune in to congressional hearings, they expect to hear the truth. CNN, C-SPAN, Fox, ABC, and MSNBC are the gateways that allow us to enter into the places of power and hear the situation as it is without being misguided and lied to. Remember, this situation was not a question about covert operations or about sensitive information; this was a straight up question that needed a straight up answer. Something is critically wrong when our director of National Intelligence comes to a public hearing and is punished for telling the truth to the American people. Rather than the ‘˜off with his head’ mentality, the senators in question need to take the more productive approach and solve the problem. Shooting the messenger doesn’t solve our problems in Libya, and to ensure that democracy prevails, we need to right answers about the situation on the ground to make informed decisions.