Doug Bedell — June 3, 2019, 4:07 pm

Watch Out for ‘Post Truth’ Security Thinking


In Homeland Security explains how the U.S. can be afflicted with “post-truth” thinking. The term is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as: “Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”

“Look backwards – almost a decade,” the post explains, “– and you can see a progressive advance of Hillary Clinton’s statements and actions in terms of being a state senator from New York, the Secretary of State under President Obama, and then as the leading contender for the Democratic nomination for president, where she absolutely took initiatives that the Russians regarded as being very anti-Russian. Even to a point where, in 2013, Putin (at a major press conference – global press conference) said directly into the microphone, ‘Well, this is what America does; America every once in a while likes to puff up its chest and act like it owns the planet and it wants everyone to know that it owns the planet. It interferes in our affairs just so that we understand who has what role and when.’”

You might not like to see Russia’s side of the matter laid out like this, but it’s important to stay level-headed about such matters. Accurate security thinking is what makes for actual security. The In Homeland Security post makes a case that often in America there’s not enough of the former – accurate security thinking.

We have to live in this world on well-balanced footings – not on what we’d like to think, but on what actually occurred.

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