Nine days ago, I caught myself wondering if members of Congress truly care about the health and well-being of the men and women serving in the U.S. military. Today, after receiving yet another lukewarm letter — this one from a member of the United States Senate — I’m more doubtful than ever.
Shown in the photo above, a letter from Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) arrived in my mailbox in much the same manner as letters (below, L-R) from Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) had weeks earlier. Though a far cry more personal than the Do-Not-Reply email message I received from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Senator Pryor’s letter left me feeling as disenfranchised as a college Republican at a Barack Obama speech.
As a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Senator Pryor received a copy of my book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, soon after it was released in May. The book was accompanied by a note from me which read as follows:
Dear Senator Pryor:
Accompanying this note is a copy of my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO. On its cover are three heavyweight endorsements from men who understand the often-deadly impact a high-tech turf war is having on Americans in Afghanistan. I hope you‘ll read the book and take steps to end this turf war and ensure our warfighters have the best tools to do their jobs. Thanks in advance!
P.S. I can put you in contact with frontline experts (i.e., U.S. Navy SEALs, U.S. Army Green Berets et al) willing to testify under the right conditions.
Unfortunately, it seems elected officials serving as members of the Armed Services, Intelligence and Homeland Security Committees in both houses of Congress are not interested in the product of an exhaustive four-year investigation that points fingers and names names in Washington, D.C. Furthermore, they’re not interested in what Special Operations professionals have to say about American lives being placed at higher-than-necessary risk. And that, my friends, is a shame!
If you’re more curious than our elected officials in the nation’s capitol, order a copy of THE CLAPPER MEMO. Already endorsed by several noteworthy Americans, it’s available in paperback and ebook versions at Amazon. Thanks in advance!