With apologies to Jon Stewart who I am sure is all over this, I thought it was time to name the ever-expanding military sex scandal. Nookie-gate had its appeal, but TailGate was just too good to pass up. I was the first to coin the terms Obamanomics and The Great Recession in my 2008 books, but this may be my greatest contribution.
My Homeland TV show-inspired conspiratorial thinking sort of hopes that the women involved are Iranian plants hiding out in U.S. cells or that the generals are some sort of Manchurian candidates programmed to rise to the top of the world's most powerful military force and then use this force to subvert our defense efforts worldwide.
But alas, this will turn out to be not newsworthy at all. As a matter of fact, it is the oldest story going, men of great power who think societal rules don't apply to them.
The only silver lining is if it allows us to be more critical of our military and the out of control spending of its industrial complex without being accused of being unpatriotic. They really have built a terrible track record fighting losing wars in weak third world countries over the last sixty years. Think of it, we have been unable to win decisive victories in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan even though their combined economic output was smaller than New Jersey's or that we spent more than 25 years trying.
Maybe it is time to rethink our military's grand strategy of solving global problems with force. Hundreds of thousands of dead American veterans join millions of our adversaries' deceased in crying out from the grave that we can only properly honor and remember them by ending, once and for all time, the violence and absurdity of war.
John R. Talbott is a bestselling author and financial consultant to families whose books predicted the housing crash, the banking crisis and the global economic collapse. You can read more about his books, the accuracy of his predictions and his financial consulting activities at www.stopthelying.com