So after all the fallout over “embedded” russian spies and the leaking of national secrets, the reporting public seems to only have the strength to spin the news towards a more entertaining riff. Maybe this bieber-esque story won’t cause any one to suddenly have a case of some ROD (reality onset depression) and go on a handgun assisted rampage. Seriously though, somehow the fact that 10 agents from a foreign government have been living in our country (probably among other nations’ spies too) collecting, sending, receiving sensitive information about various aspects of our infrastructure does not garner much serious attention? All we can focus on is how these sub par spies are doing now that they are successfully back in their home country. The biggest kick in the pants of all is the spotlight on the “femme fatale”, Anna Chapman, and how she is so beautiful with her new-found (and potentially
commercial?) celebrity. Even still, I am at a loss at how it is newsworthy or patriotic (a nonsensical “buzzword”) to report with glee that she has been offered a contract to star in a pornography or that the Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie had sent the former spy an invitation to preview her new movie “Salt” (which is also about espionage). For real? Are publicity and a promoting of a B-C grade film worth such attention given the circumstances? Is it because Mrs. Jolie adopts any and all of the worlds children that she is the titled “Mother for America” spokesperson and her blessing is gospel? I guess we are all supposed to be good Americans and go see the movie now because apparently girls can also be sexy spies too and its related with current events. This is nonsense! This country is so ridiculous in that we (as citizenry) cannot seem to hold our collective attention about any world oriented or national security crisis over whats happening on “The Real Housewives” or the next comic book movie adaptation.
What does her position (Chapman) as a spy mean. Was it an accident? Was she conscripted? As a spy, I believe she made a conscious choice to serve her country’s interests. She is an enemy of our state of affairs. So what the hell is all the heightened interest in her whereabouts for? How would this have been met during the 1980’s or 90′? I have served in the regular military, meaning, I served in the overt portion of that armed services (Marines). I can say that from my experience that we were taught to fight and win by any and all means for our country. Being a soldier in a nation’s army is most times, a conscious decision by an individual to be a part of that effort. I would imagine that being a covert agent requires a more than casual interest in supporting your country. She is not some young starlet looking to land herself a film debut on a casting couch or a hollywood movie hopeful, she is a government agent!!! My point is that we have caught actual (read: REAL) spies among us. These spies have been caught during a time of war (on two, but soon may three or four fronts), a crippled finance sector, and a time of natural disaster. The last time we were covertly infiltrated by a undercover unit, we trained those assets to fly the planes which they then used to select and destroy many critical targets en masse all over the Eastern U.S.! And even less notable to mention is the cost of innocent lives that where lost in these actions. Wake the hell up.
So what is the reason for all of this E! styled reporting? Is all of this fanfare because the spies just happen look more like us? We have such a convoluted outlook on everything else in America such as beauty, skin color, baubles, cars and houses that maybe since the spies where “white” (i.e. “normal” looking) they would not mean us too much harm. Hell, I guess they were just experimenting. You know, trying to find their own way in life. I am willing to bet if they where of Arabic or “ethnic” disposition then we would have invaded their home country to look for their weapons of mass destruction. Then we could reform/condemn them to the overpowering righteousness that is our take on a capitalist democracy. You know the brand, just look how well it works in Iraq or Afghanistan (see also 1950-70’s Southeast Asia and 1945-50’s European lower countries). They just don’t ask us for it because their primitive minds couldn’t think of it. – Anyway, that is another topic for another time-.
I find it disheartening that these events take a back seat to way less important news fodder. It is sad also that because of our collective preoccupation with bullshit we cannot even muster the strength to hold the government accountable for the ease of which the spies where just given back to their country. Why? What deals were cut for this indignation? I suppose we’ll never know. There used to be a time that I would recall some military advice on these heady political misgivings and say, “just stay in your pay grade and trust that things happen for the good of the commonwealth”. But watching the last presidential administration eroded all of my confidence in what “commonwealth” has come to mean. I don’ t think I have enough strength to maintain that methodology any longer and maybe have lost some hope as to what we can really expect to have for a future. I truly belive it is not going to look like what any politicians verbally paint it out to be. So, go on! Watch reality wives and the next fantasy movie on your mypad while cutting pounds to look sexier on your $9000.00 swaretsky crystal encrusted treadmill. Meanwhile, the real word is happening right outside of our borders. But be careful, those borders are getting smaller and that could definitely ruin your smart-phone signal. Wouldn’t that be just unbearable?