America’s grand strategy, its long-term blueprint for advancing national interests and countering major adversaries, is in total disarray. Top officials lurch from crisis to crisis, improvising strategies as they go, but rarely pursuing a consistent set of policies. Some blame this indecisiveness on a lack of resolve at the White House, but the real reason lies deeper.
One thing that would greatly hasten our demise is people running to buy "Defense Industry" stock.
As long as the prism through which we view the world is one that requires adversaries to demonize, we are doomed to continue the squandering of our resources on an increasingly bloated military at the expense of taking care of the domestic needs that support a truly prosperous and democratic society.
Gee, if the GOP get in, they'll be needing Russian-speakers to set up new spooknets. Maybe I could get the Army to pay me colonel's wages...it'd be better than the social-security OAP.
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This opening paragraph was my favorite, and became more so as the article wore on.
"America’s grand strategy, its long-term blueprint for advancing national interests and countering major adversaries, is in total disarray. Top officials lurch from crisis to crisis, improvising strategies as they go, but rarely pursuing a consistent set of policies. Some blame this indecisiveness on a lack of resolve at the White House, but the real reason lies deeper. It lurks in a disagreement among foreign policy elites over whether Russia or China constitutes America’s principal great-power adversary."
This sentence, opening the second paragraph, would more wisely have closed the first: "Knowing one’s enemy is usually considered the essence of strategic planning." That is the crux of the absence of any US Strategic plan.
Many of us remember the silly pile of rhetorical dog doo GWB published as his strategic plan. No matter what Obama says, he has not even that pile of doggie doo for a strategy. The pinging and ponging around of US tactical maneuvering is the movement of a cornered rat, still presuming to find sticks and leaves and other debris behind/beneath which to hide. Our Fearless Fodstick in Chief keeps propping up one after another rhetorical facades behind which to hide: every one of them is, of course, an emergency US Security matter. The security matters keep growing in number and severity. Fearless Fodstick in Chief has no appointee, and has no clue himself, what to do about that. So every time they accidentally murder anyone they can claim is the most important enemy on the planet, that is supposed to count as proof they need no strategy.
The US has no place to hide because the whole world now knows we are committed to a national complex of collective neuroses so self-destructive, Russia and China have no need to even try attacking us. We are doing it faster than both of them working feverishly 24/7 could concoct a plan to effect before we succeed and find ourselves unable to switch channels.
But one cannot argue such things from inside the complex. It is a solace growing a healthy garden. And praying for enough, and not too much rain.
Our #1 enemy is climate change, followed by injustice, inequality and a lack of democracy. These are enemies which every country can unite against.
We always need a bad guy over there---way far away from the real center of bad guys---Washington District of Criminals. The United States is rated the worst danger and threatening nation on earth. The military industrial congressional complex is sucking up nearly all of our tax funds (Israel is a major recipient of our funds too), only people left out of these funds are the working people of the United States. All those wars cost a lot of money and they never end. It is a steady stream of profit for the .01% while the rest of us get screwed.
Our government is the real EVIL EMPIRE. It is our duty as citizens to change this corrupt and evil government. Nothing will change if you keep voting for the same creeps election after election. Get smart, before it is way too late and the wars begin. Do not vote for anyone in office now---or for any candidate that has a little R or a little D after their name on the ballot. When we kicked out the Rs and got a lot of hope and change with the new D President, did anything get better? Or did the wars increase and the jobs decrease? Yeah, things changed --- for the worse.
The rich get richer and we get screwed. Let's get off this merry-go-round to endless wars and austerity--and increasing environmental disasters.
The drama is so intense: Will we be at war with Eurasia, or Eastasia?
I can't wait until the Ministry of Untruth starts revising history:
"We have always been at war with Eurasia" - Big Brother