It was a bad week for high level government messengers in the Obama Administration. First it was chief spymaster, James Clapper, hounded by a gaggle of angry senators demanding his head for simply answering their questions truthfully. Now its State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley booted for the identical crime of telling it like it is.
The president was already mad as hell at Crowley for expressing his honesty about the Egyptian crisis that eventually forced President Hosni Mubarak from power. After Mubarak went on television proposing concessions to the rebels, Crowley, on his Twitter page, likened it as a bad attempt to "reshuffle the deck chairs." The White House propaganda ministers didn’t appreciate that unauthorized tid bit of truth.
Then last week, according to FoxNews, Crowley was asked at a conference by a foreign correspondent about WikiLeaks and the "torturing" of a prisoner in a military brig. The U.S. Defense Department’s treatment of Cpl. Bradley Manning: "is ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid," admitted Crowley.
Anyone having a primitive sense of ethics and decency would be appalled by Manning’s reported treatment as he awaits trial for exposing the United States government to the light of truth. Crowley merely acknowledged the obvious – that Manning is being punished before his trial -- and for that he was obliged to resign, a sacrificial scapegoat, to satisfy an angry Obama administration caught out for hiding the truth.
When politicians are dissatisfied with the truth, they kill the messenger.