The Culture of Oops

By Alberto Pupo

The Oops culture., more often than not in American society, tragic or vile events are labeled as mistakes. Bad policy decisions are apologized for. Certain events and rushing into useless wars are called “lapses in intelligence”. It seems that in order to explain away deliberately reprehensible actions, these actions are instead labeled as mistakes and blamed on incompetence. However in a Nation were civic and military leadership are ooopsendowed with education and certifications how is it that vile policies and actions are always incompetence? Are we really that incompetent as a Nation? Or are these actions simply Machiavellian machinations to obscure evil actions and escape any form of accountability?

 

The oops culture is a very conservative notion. For example 9/11, the straightforward explanation was to explain away everything as an intelligence mistake”. We see this theme ongoing throughout most of the War of Terror. Lack of wmd’s, Continue reading