14 August 2008

when Spies talk


The democratic membership meeting at door county in Wisconsin meet to discuss on issues and learn on issues of common interest by guest speakers. At this meeting the guest speaker were ex- CIA analysts .
These analysts, a husband and wife team went on to explain that as CIA agents they conducted covert operations in over 30 countries. They worked as undercover reporters bonding with the local community and key personnel in their governments and businesses and bought home information that would help to understand the motivations and the thought process of the people of foreign countries their local and national leaders, and drafted reports that would help the American government to draft foreign policy and create strategy for defense, economics et.al.


One of the analysts who worked as an inspector in the UN party in the investigation of Iraq said that the present government had turned a deaf ear to the information provided by them that Iraq had no nuclear weapons. A role reversal had taken place where in the present vice president had ordered for certain information, which is not how the CIA usually functions where their task is to supply information. A very unhappy analysts mentioned the bureaucracy, high handedness, shortage of staff, contracting work to private contractors, and low wages characterized the current CIA. Normal friendships and family is not part of working at the CIA.

With election at hand, the electorates present raised questions of how best they can understand the contesting candidates view on foreign policy, defense though it does not make a direct impact on residents of a local town where school reforms, infrastructure, local economy are of most important issues as a community. They questioned the paradoxical candidature of the electoral candidates that they were casting their vote for.

ON a personal note my thought processes ran as follows..
Several political leaders have been categorized and analyzed. business leaders churn economies and create new markets and politically powerful leaders walk the red carpets of many national functions, I leaned to think why do we accept them as leaders ? Why do we elect these men and women as leaders when we do not know what kind of perspectives they have on bigger issues that affects a country or an image of a country. And they would reevaluate them again and change them once elected !


Though contesting candidates have their website and a podcast and have debates and come for town hall and have written documents on health care and foreign policy on their web site, aren’t we giving them the benefit of doubt and human hope that they will do good for the country but would let us down when they have received the title as senator or vice president or president.

Don’t we make impressions on the widely cast public image of the candidates who are mentored by political image consultants who are paid an enormous sum to propagate an image ?

Don’t we depend on the cameramen that depict our leaders as they show them in different angles on different channels ?

We hear them amidst crowds giving speeches written by a speech writer and advisors who brief them about community issues and strong advise of how it will ultimately impact the vote bank and their legacy.


So Isn’t a gut feeling or charismatic image of the contesting candidate score a great deal in the deciding factor in casting them as the future elected leader of the country. Aren’t human emotions a dominating factor of the masses with little facts (!) throw in between, a deciding factor in creating his-story?
That is history. It is. what do you think?

8 comments:

Id it is said...

Didn't Kennedy get a place in posterity with those famous lines "Ask not what the country can do for you but what you can do for the country"; needless to say his speech writer at the time Ted Sorenson spent many a nights penning those heart rending words. The American electorate is known for having an incredibly short memory, being politically naive, and trusting the media without a doubt; or else why would we have a second term with Bush!

As they say- you get the leader you deserve!

You seem to be doing some interesting things over the summer... talking to CIA operatives who've worked around the world; that must have been something!

Vinod_Sharma said...

You said it. For a lot of us, it is gut feeling that gets us to vote for a leader, though we may not be always aware of it. Charismatic leaders appeal to that basic feeling. Perhaps a lot of these speech writers try hard to find just the right words that will make a normal leader into a charismatic one(tough), or enhance the charisma of a genuinely charismatic leader.

Kennedy and Obama have uttered some memorable words. So have many others. But most of us will remember only the words of these two and other similarly charismatic leaders.

pink dogwood said...

wow, this vacation of yours, you do this kind of stuff for fun?

I am also guilty of the gut feeling factor in deciding candidates.

Great post !!

corine said...

At least we have free will. The kind of free will that helps us decide between coke and pepsi.

Anrosh said...

Hello Id it is, hello pink dog wood: i happened to go to the community center seeing people because it was a deserted downtown and was invited to the meeting by a member. it was a happenstance for .

hi vinod, i think a gut feeling is a studied decision making..

hello corine.. you bet exercising free will is a gift. all societies are not priveleged to have this.

Welcome all of you. it is a pleasure to have you all here.

Anrosh said...

Hello Id it is, hello pink dog wood: i happened to go to the community center seeing people because it was a deserted downtown and was invited to the meeting by a member. it was a happenstance for .

hi vinod, i think a gut feeling is a studied decision making..

hello corine.. you bet exercising free will is a gift. all societies are not priveleged to have this.

Welcome all of you. it is a pleasure to have you all here.

Renu said...

u r so true, but only if we vote, in India many educated ppl hardly bother to vote,thats the reason we have the politics the way it is. because to clean the gutter, one has to go down to it and nobody wants to.

Anrosh said...

of course we need to vote? And if you do not want like anybody who is standing for elections, there is something called the Negative vote.

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