Diana West

There is something deeply shameful about the official American response to this week’s unprecedented gunning down of a U.S. Army two-star general by an Afghan army soldier.

The president of the United States says nothing for two whole days. His spokesmen lie. The media disseminate the nothingness and lies, the mass of it couched to construct the alternate universe the deceivers in power have mastered.

This deception is all-encompassing, utilizing little lies as well as big ones. For example, the attack took place inside a Kabul military training academy we are told is “Afghanistan’s West Point.” If the Afghan National Military Academy equals West Point (already absurd), then it follows that the murder of U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene – the most outrageous act of “inside-the-wire” terrorism directed against infidel “nation-builders” in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to date – equals “an isolated incident.” And vice versa.

Thus, we find ourselves in a place of numbness and corruption, where four bullets in the back of a U.S. Army general from the weapon of an ally/charity case is framed as an “isolated incident.” Indeed, this became the media’s phrase of concision to convey the diffuse but unmistakable Pentagon message.

“As terrible as today is – and it is a terrible day, a terrible tragedy,” Pentagon spokes-admiral John Kirby said of the attack that took the general’s life and wounded as many as 17 other military personnel (we still don’t know how seriously), “we haven’t seen in the course of the last year or so … a ‘spate’ of these insider threat attacks. I think that’s testament to the good work authorities have done.”

“Testament,” “good work,” “authorities” – happy talk from on high. Never mind the carnage on the ground after automatic fire erupted and the VIP delegation on site to discuss a $70 million renovation of the campus went down in a bloody heap (17 wounded!). The rest of the fake story practically writes itself. “Islam is peace” on the tips on their tongues, the media repeat: The motive for this isolated tragedy at Afghanistan’s West Point remains “unclear,” or “may never be known.”


Diana West

Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (St. Martin's Press, 2013), and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2007).