America’s Privileged Policy Elites and Their Lack of Accountability

by Ted Galen Carpenter

“It is increasingly apparent that America’s political and military elites are almost never held to account for their blunders or even outright crimes. The latest episode is the Pentagon’s multi-year campaign to conceal information about a March 2019 airstrike in Syria that killed as many as 64 civilians, including women and children. Despite the New York Times’[s] expose, there is no indication that the individuals responsible for that atrocity or the subsequent cover up will face any serious consequences. … None of this should come as a surprise. The latest episodes are reminiscent of the Navy’s behavior when one of its warships in the Persian Gulf, the USS Vincennes, shot down an Iranian airliner with 290 people aboard in July 1988.” (11/23/21)