I think that's a bit of a stretch. We've been in the MENA region non-stop, in ever-expanding wars, for over 17 years. This reporter has worked for NBC, on and off, for ~30 years. Nothing he stated is new. If he's so disgusted with it, why has it taken him so long to resign, to speak out?
I largely agree with his statement. Our MSM has been fully complicit in the war mongering in conjunction with the establishment, a.k.a. the Republicans and the Democrats/the neocons and the neolibs. And the deep state. Hell, Mr. Arkin actually plugs the government's secret programs in his letter:
"And of course I yearn to go back to my first love, which is writing boring reports about secret programs, grateful that the American government so graciously obliges in its constant supply."
Yes, he told truths in his resignation. None of which were unknown by anyone with two brain cells to rub together, least of all the very people he submitted his resignation to. Since he effectively burned bridges, what might his motive be? I suspect he was certain his memo would be leaked, and if not, he could always leak it himself. He literally plugs his books, in addition to his writing secret reports for the government in the memo. Secret programs that more likely than not have direct or indirect applications to war.
In fact, for an anti-war activist (of which he has done some), he spends an awful lot time in the belly of the beast. In addition to NBC, he has written for the LA Times, WaPo, and the NYT. He was in military intelligence in the late 70s, and has been a lecturer for the Air Force school in Alabama. Additionally, he has:
"Arkin has advised the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the CIA, various offices on the Air Staff and various senior service schools and war colleges, the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, naval intelligence, the United States Air Forces Central Command, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Photographic Interpretation Center, the Joint Warfare Analysis Center, and various "Lessons Learned" projects (Operation Enduring Look, the Gulf War Air Power Survey (GWAPS), Center for Naval Analysis). He has also been a consultant on Iraq to the office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations."
Perhaps I've become too jaded, Maze. But I do not believe one can live in the swamp for over 40 years and not be considered a bona-fide denizen of the swamp.
Thank you, T.
one person won over at a time... it's funny how people change after they get their money and recognition. I feel I am doomed to be without these things to maintain my noble status .. the spoiled do it backwards
If the people that started the wars, had to actually be on the battlefield, the war would never get started..
If they're just trying to find something to keep the military busy.
How about, I don't know....Protecting the Border!