The answer is no. I find it amusing when I hear the righteous indignation expressed by some Congressmen and journalists demanding “accountability.” Most know that is not going to happen. Scapegoats found and tossed to the lions? Yes. Finding out who in the Government is personally responsible for a screw-up and actually punishing them? It happens so rarely that you can count the number of times in the past 40 years or more on one hand.
You may think I am exaggerating. Maybe you think I am some sort of right wing, less government radical. (Well, maybe I am, but that has nothing to do with the veracity of my thesis.) The evidence however, is overwhelming.
Was Clinton punished for lying? Has anyone seen anything happen to Lois Lerner other than being allowed to retire with full pension? Has anyone at Justice involved in Fast and Furious been punished? (Or even been identified?)
What about punishing those involved in the absolutely criminal Benghazi affair? I am sure many of you heard or read about the original testimony on Capitol Hill by several State Department officers “in charge” of security. These were the officers directly, on paper, by position and by admission, responsible for security in Libya. They, ostensibly, were the officers responsible for things like withdrawing additional security personnel, despite Libya being designated a “high threat” post, cutting security funding and refusing to allow the CIA and DOD to respond.
Nothing happened to any of them, nor is there any punishment or individual sanction planned.
The public does not understand the true extent and Byzantine nature of the U.S. Government system. This is particularly true with regards to individual accountability. In fact, other than something like murder, rape, armed robbery, etc. it is virtually impossible to assign blame… and even these crimes, when they occur overseas by an accredited U.S. diplomat, may not result in any punishment.
No one person makes decisions at government agencies. It may seem like they do, but they really do not. There is a labyrinth of layers, cutouts and general communistic methods and means of decision making. You may be the head of a particular department, but your authority to make actual decisions exists on paper only.
Employment rules make any punishment, even if recommended by an investigative agency or arm, almost impossible to implement. Once you have tenure, you really cannot fire anyone. The USG rules make the Teamster Labor Agreements seem liberal by comparison. I tried to fire a GS15 who was grossly incompetent one time, but that is frequently the case. I actually did fire him, but it took me almost a year of, literally, weekly counseling, weekly meetings with HR, meetings with his council and loads of paperwork. The Head of HR told me after it was completed that, in her over 20 years with the government, she had never seen anyone actually fired at the GS15 level.
The nature of the beast ensures that no single person will be held accountable. Government employees know it, and Congress certainly does too. Nevertheless, political theater requires the show trials we see and hear about. Nothing ever comes of them though.
Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.
As Vice President of a Security Fusion Center, Bill has provided risk management advice and direction to major Fortune 100 defense industry, ultra high net worth and other clients.
As Global Director for Security, Alem International, Bill planned and directed all facets of the security and risk mitigation strategies for the 2004 Olympic Torch Relay that took place in over 34 countries.
Bill was commissioned as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Officer in the US Army immediately after college.
Mr. Gaskill has a Bachelor of Science degree in Ancient History with a math minor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.He has a current Top Secret/SCI clearance.He has professional fluency ratings in Spanish, Greek, Hebrew and French, and has a working knowledge of Russian.