"When it comes to our nation's military affairs, ignorance is not bliss.  What's remarkable then, given the permanent state of war in which we find ourselves, is how many Americans seem content not to know."
William J. Astore
Retired lieutenant colonel U.S. Air Force, professor of history at the Pennsylvania College of Technology
“The Pentagon Church Militant and Us: The Top Five Questions We Should Ask the Pentagon,” TomDispatch, March 18, 2010
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Of course ignorance is bliss. False premise. Mystery solved!
 -- anonymous     
    With the firing of so many generals and those in charge, especially over the nuclear, ignorance resides next to deadly (mass destruction). Ignorance of the nation's local military (local policing agencies, any one group of the alphabet soup complex, etc.) is fomenting a specially heinous despotism, tyranny, and terrorism on a scale the world has never seen before.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx      
    anonymous, your; "Of course ignorance is bliss" is accurate enough, even if its deadly. But, that wasn't really the point. Man's inhumanity to man, in all degrees, occurs directly proportional to ignorance. Jefferson said: "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed." <- that is more to the point.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
     -- Mary - MI      
    Mike - Totally agree with your comments. Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned the U.S. and its people about the dangers of the 'Military Industrial Complex."
    The people have for far too long turned a blind-eye to this complex's willing attitude to keep our nation involved in unsustainable, and debt accelerating perpetual wars.
     -- Mary - MI     
     -- Al, Oz      
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