It appears that even though an inordinate amount of money is spent on the Secret Service, the Defense Department, and the various intelligence agencies, they all have the common thread of repeated failures in their purported mission.
Ever since 9-11, the failure of government to recognize a potential disaster has been repeated innumerable times. The recent sudden recognition of a previously-unknown enemy in Iraq is simply another such failure.
The Republicans in government are fond of stressing how ineffectually government programs are run. They persist in condemning those governmental departments like the EPA, which they perceive to obstruct the business community. Even the Treasury Department is not above their scrutiny.
Their remedy for failure is to eliminate or cut funding for those they find onerous and reward those like the Defense Department, regardless of all the continual failures.
The only programs considered inviolate are those programs that reward the activities of the campaign donors.
Cherry Valley, Illinois
From the Oct. 22-28, 2014, issue