The Trump administration is not only fighting a global war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, lone-wolf Islamic jihadists, al-Quada terrorists, their offshoot organizations, most Democrats, and the totalitarian communist regimes in places such as China, North Korea and Russia.
The administration also is fighting internally. The enemies there are those who would pass along privileged information under the guise of whistleblowers, do-gooders, peaceniks and disenfranchised Trump-bashers.
There’s a disturbing report in the latest issue of the Military Times under the headline “The Pentagon Could Send Conventional Military Forces Into Syria.” The story hit the Internet on Wednesday. Not only did CNN and every “news” outlet around the world pick up on the report, but it also went viral online, on Facebook and on Twitter.
The CNN report outlines how White House documents were leaked to the media in January, saying that President Trump has directed U.S. military leaders to “fast track” plans for defeating ISIS. The strategy includes sending an unspecified number of U.S. troops into Syria.
The report quotes multiple U.S. Army sources – unidentified, of course – who indicated that as many as 2,000 soldiers soon could be deployed to Syria. They would come from the U.S. Army’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team in the 82nd Airborne Division headquartered at Fort Bragg, N.C. They would join the 1,800 other 2nd Brigade paratroopers already in Iraq as part of the U.S. military’s train-and-advise mission. They also would augment the presence of 5,000 U.S. ground troops helping maintain security in Iraq and another 500 on the ground in Syria.
One of the most invaluable elements of war is surprise. It greatly elevates the success rate of combat missions.
But how can we expect our men and women in uniform to succeed when the cloak is ripped off, when “top secret” means nothing in their fight to help others preserve freedom from tyranny and oppression. How can they succeed when we neutralize surprise and trumpet every strategic or tactical move in advance? How can they succeed when an overly aggressive and irresponsible Fourth Estate won’t give them a chance?
Retired Army Gen. Mike Flynn’s resignation as national security chief is a sideshow. Repealing and replacing ObamaCare is of secondary concern. Rewriting the U.S. tax code is important but not pressing. Climate change, or global warming, or whatever you want to call it, is way out there beyond left field – especially if you consider that if the Dark Side takes over the planet first, there won’t be a globe worth living for.
The Obama administration’s most pressing issue is plugging the leaks in the federal government sieve. Period.
UPDATE: Here’s another credible look at why data leaks at the federal level need to be plugged, and how a last-minute Barack Obama initiative fostered the leaks that wound up costing National Security Agency chief Mike Flynn his job: