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Never in the annals of warfare would a military “any military” announce to the enemy their strategy beforehand, unless of course you’re sending a message in that you would rather not engage in hostilities, and from my perspective that seemed to be the message.

Even seasoned military men were perplexed at the announcement and the mainstream media was having a “field-day” attempting to make some sense of what was going on, and then came the announcement by the newly appointed Defense Secretary Ash Carter, that it was all one big mistake.

Obviously I have a different definition of what constitutes a mistake; a typo to a writer is a mistake, revealing battle plans to our enemy ISIS is simply “insane” and if left unchanged could be “lethal” for our men and women in uniform.

Of course the spin as to how this could possibly have happened was all neatly explained by the Defense Secretary adding “That clearly was neither accurate information nor, had it been accurate, would have been information that should be blurted out to the press,” Carter went on to explain to the Senate Armed Services Committee. “So it’s wrong on both scores.”

In short the original briefing given on February 19th and authorized by US Central Command wasn’t even accurate, so the question is “who’s minding the store?  Perhaps Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who appeared with Defense Secretary Carter can help clear things up, in that he will be conducting an internal inquiry.

Obviously the larger issue is how something of this magnitude could slip through security clearance without ringing all sorts of bells, especially with the threat of terrorism all around the world. My sense is that like almost everything within this administration, politics always seems to be at the center of almost every issue. However the disclosure raises another question: Why would the secretary of defense wait two weeks to announce the mishap and ensuring misinformation of military planning?

And when asked that very question Secretary Carter went on to explain; “It is important that we be open as a department – not with military secrets and not with war plans, which was the mistake made in this case – but we do try to keep the country informed of what we’re doing, he said. “It’s about protecting them. It is a democracy. And so, openness is important but it has to have limits when it comes to security matters, and those limits obviously weren’t respected in this case.”

While all of this may sound encouraging the fact remains that announcing to ISIS our military strategy, our withdrawal date, or taking our military options off the table, ISIS seems to have already won the propaganda war.

 

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