For the first time in perhaps generations, the people of the states are demonstrating their disgust with the actions, policies, principles, and philosophies of the federal government. People who have attempted to change Washington, D.C., by playing by "their rules" have reached an end to that game of charades. To many, it has become all too clear that controlling the federal government through the three branches of the federal government alone is insufficient.
Everyday major media outlets document the inexplicable and inexcusable dereliction of duty on the part of agencies within the U.S. government charged with safeguarding the skies and shores of the United States from terrorist attack. The latest recrimination comes from the Wall Street Journal where a story was printed Tuesday that exposed frightening failures in the functioning of government intelligence and security officials.
On Monday, two days prior to his first State of the Union address, President Barack Obama told ABC’s “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer, “I'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president.” Obama’s comment came in response to Sawyer’s remark on the difficulties of office and whether he believed “one term is enough.”
A Los Angeles Times report on January 27 noted that the Afghan government, U.S. officials, and NATO are working to prepare a new initiative to convince mid- and low-level Taliban fighters to come back into mainstream Afghan society.