So, where are we now on the national security scale? Except for the period of the War of 1812, when British troops burned down the White House, and the Civil War, we are at the most insecure level we have ever encountered since the Constitution was ratified. It is true that armies are not massed on our borders but, they are massed in our national psyche – because they are unseen among us – and that is more dangerous than we imagine. Consider this litany.
The last time a single political entity was literally the only power in the Western world was during the Roman Empire. The Romans were not overthrown by massive armies, moving in concert under unified leadership from a base in some other great empire. They were conquered by autonomous, irregular hordes of fanatical, militarily primitive barbarians from the heart of the world island.
They were conquered because the Empire was an empty shell of its former self, eaten away from the inside by the insatiable moral and ethical debauchery of its leaders and their neglect of its institutions. It collapsed like a house of cards, plunging the Western world into the Dark Ages.
Filling that power vacuum, as it always does, was chaos, this time in the form of religious fanaticism – Islamic fundamentalism. It swept across the former empire like the plague until it was finally repelled at Tours, in France in 732AD.
With no power to challenge it anywhere else, it continued to consolidate its power in Africa and the Middle East, finally arriving at the gates of Vienna, Austria in 1453, where it again was mercifully repelled. After that, Islam became content in Empire as the Ottomans, where it too was eaten away on the inside by the insatiable moral and ethical debauchery of its leaders and their neglect of its institutions. It collapsed like a house of cards after World War I.
Then, of course, came the Soviet Union, intent on enslaving the world under godless communism. After consolidating its power over much of the world island, from Germany in the West to China in the East, it was eaten away on the inside by the insatiable moral and ethical debauchery of its leaders and their neglect of its institutions. It collapsed like a house of cards after only 70 years.
Does any of this sound familiar? It should. The United States reached the pinnacle of world power at the end of World War II and embarked on a great crusade to rebuild the world based on the basic principle of the inalienable right of all human beings to life, liberty, private property and the free pursuit of their dreams.
Not all agreed that America was suited for such a role because she wasn’t perfect and therefore shouldn’t try to help others to be like her. What a great philosophy for people who pride themselves on their championing the rights of the downtrodden. I see America as unfinished, restless, ragged edged, unpredictable, good and righteous but, nationally secure? I think not.
This philosophical and psychological division has resulted in America becoming an empty shell of its former self, eaten away on the inside by the insatiable moral and ethical debauchery and quest for power – at all costs – of many of its so-called leaders and their never-ending internal attacks on its great institutions. It is collapsing like a house of cards, in danger of again plunging the world into a Dark Age because it is also under attack from without, both physically and psychologically by autonomous, irregular hordes of fanatical, militarily primitive barbarians who are enforcing Islamic fundamentalism (again) from the heart of the world island and whose threat goes unrecognized by America’s capitalist allies who, apparently, want “business as usual”.
This is called “civilization jihad”. It is a term pulled directly from the Islamist doctrine of the Muslim Brotherhood, civilization jihad looks to conquer and impose “Islamic” views on non-Islamic states using their own systems (and their own culture) against themselves. That culture (in Western Civilization) values tolerance and profit, and Islamists ride both waves.
America has been retreating from world influence for almost a century, led by progressive/liberals like:
The academic – Democrat President Woodrow Wilson who, in his first term, with no adequate military, was missing in action as the situation in Europe spun out of control and, instead of preparing America, campaigned on a platform of no American participation in the war and then made the incomprehensible strategic decision not to support America’s traditional allies, France – which had made America’s independence possible, and Britain, with whom America had an historical rapprochement at the end of the 19th Century, but instead to treat all of the European belligerents alike.
Eventually, he bowed to public pressure (with the general-public out in front of the politicians once again) and the belated realization that America would not have a seat at the peace table at war’s end, he committed US forces to the Continent. But, he sure had ideas for after the war – to revert to his isolationist form and disarm everybody while trusting that they will comply – even with no mechanism for verification. Hitler had ideas. We saw how well that worked.
Or, much like sophisticated Democrat FDR, who could have rebuilt the American military, even with a paltry $1 billion for capital ships, to help create real industrial jobs to help America out of the Great Depression, that then might have had some deterrent influence with Hitler and Mussolini in Europe and the Japanese, already at war, in Asia, as these Axis powers coordinated and conspired to take the world to war again. The lack of military strength placed the U.S. Pacific Fleet in jeopardy at Pearl Harbor because that was all the U.S. had. Hitler knew it. Japanese warlord Hideki Tojo knew it. We saw how well that worked.
Or, much like political-machine Democrat President Harry Truman who, after dropping the “bomb”, dropped the ball by permitting – as commander-in-chief – a virtual total disarmament of the American military after World War II. North Korean dictator Kim Il-sung knew it. When North Korea struck South Korea in mid-1950, there were no viable U.S. forces available anywhere to counter the invasion. The pathetic force (in terms of fighting capability) sent to Korea from Japan were lucky they were not annihilated, so they saw first-hand how well that worked.
Or perhaps like Democrat John F. Kennedy who failed to support Cuban liberators at the Bay of Pigs after approving the mission – even though the world knew it was coming but somehow, his administration was left in the dark. Kennedy responded well to the Soviet miscalculation of his administration’s ability to learn from their mistakes when he set a hardline and held it during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Unfortunately, he lost control again resulting in the assassination of the South Vietnamese president thus setting the stage for the Vietnam War.
Or, much like crude Democrat President Lyndon Johnson who authorized the surge in U.S. troops sent to South Vietnam to honor our responsibilities under the Geneva Convention Agreement of 1954, but without a plan, or the strategy, or equipment, tactics or trained personnel to fight a jungle war – but by permitting political failure at home and political interference in-theater that encouraged and enabled the North Vietnamese government to win the war for the hearts and minds of the people – not the Vietnamese, but the American – people. The world saw how that failure eviscerated the US Army for a decade. The Ayatollah Khomeini knew it.
Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower knew it and that’s why he had cautioned against a land war in Southeast Asia during his presidency. North Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh knew it, too.
Or, much like the 40-year Democrat dominated Congress who, after the Paris Peace Accords were signed in 1973, committing the United States to defend South Vietnam if the communist North Vietnam invaded, immorally and shamefully gutted the defense budget over the next two years – for purely partisan political reasons aimed at the detested, disgraced and deposed Republican, Richard Nixon – so that such a defense was impossible, thereby condemning millions of South Vietnamese (and other Southeast Asians to death or untold hardship and family destruction. They also disemboweled the nation’s intelligence services. All the world noticed and American credibility vanished.
Or, much like the bumbling Democrat Jimmy Carter who, after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, ill-advisedly told Frank Reynolds of ABC News that the event had “made a more dramatic change in my opinion of what the Soviets ultimate goals are than anything they’ve done in the previous time I’ve been in office.”
The statement, as Hedley Donovan, a distressed senior adviser later wrote, opened Carter up to the charge of political “naiveté.” The Ayatollahs in Iran knew it, too and began their quest for the World Caliphate that plagues the world today and for which neither Carter, nor Clinton, nor Obama have had an answer.
Or like the serial-philandering Democrat Bill Clinton who inherited the world’s dominant economic and military colossus – thanks to the leadership of Republican President Ronald Reagan who had conceived of and executed a masterful end-strategy for the Cold War by using America’s industrial might to build a military power that toppled the Soviet Union without firing a shot.
But the Clinton’s, at the end of the Cold War in the early 1990s, were focusing on the “peace dividend” and how to use the phantom savings to insure reelection in 1996 while losing focus on the real and present danger presented by radical Islamist terrorists who demonstrated their willingness to directly attack the US with the original bombing of the World Trade Center, on February 26, 1993, when a truck bomb was detonated below the North Tower.
The 1,336 pounds urea nitrate – the hydrogen gas enhanced device was intended to send the North Tower (Tower 1 crashing into the South Tower (Tower 2), bringing both towers down and killing tens of thousands of people. It failed to do so but killed six people and injured more than a thousand. Mr. Clinton refused to even admit that the World Trade Center had been bombed. Later, he referred to it only as “regrettable” and “treated the disaster… like a twister in Arkansas.” Earlier, he had “urged the public not to ‘overreact’ to the bombing.”
Subsequent inadequate or non-existent Clinton responses to the radical Islamists’ Khobar Towers attack in Saudi Arabia, the August 7, 1998, bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the October 12, 2000, attack on the USS Cole in-port in Yemen – because Clinton was preoccupied with his own political and personal fortunes to an extent that precluded his giving serious and sustained attention to fighting terrorism – led the Iranian inspired radical Islamist terrorists to be emboldened enough to plan to finally bring down the twin-towers.
In less than a decade, Bill Clinton had squandered the dominant position of the United States and her demonstrated ability to use power for good to the point where a demented group of religious zealots living in a backwards culture in a backwater country under the influence of 7th Century barbarians could strike the American homeland with impunity and, a demented regime in North Korea had outmaneuvered him to obtain nuclear weapons. Both Kim Il Sung and Osama bin Laden knew it.
Or like the Democrats in Congress who voted overwhelmingly to invade Iraq – because of its ties to international terrorism and its possession of chemical and biological weapons and a widely-accepted belief that Saddam had a program underway to develop nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them – only to almost immediately condemn the commander-in-chief after a lightening quick victory did not immediately produce a miniature USA. The Iranian mullahs knew it. Al Qaida knew it.
And, finally, like the flim-flam man, Democrat Barack Obama who, after making “hope and change” his campaign slogan, made it his first priority to conduct an “apologize and shame” tour of the Americas, Europe and the Middle East to announce to the world that the United States has much to apologize for and, if fact, bowed down to the Saudi Arabian king!
· He said to foreign audiences: “In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world [only because of the U.S. defense of Europe against Russia]. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.”
· In Cairo: “Iraq was a war of choice [the choice was – after suffering a deadly and unwarranted surprise attack by Islamic terrorists – to fight preemptively in Iraq now or fight defensively in the U.S. later] that provoked strong differences in my country [70% approval from Congress, more from the People] and around the world. 9/11 was an enormous trauma to our country. The fear and anger that it provoked was understandable, but in some cases, it led us to act contrary to our traditions and our ideals. [By “us”, he was referring to the remarkably few cases involving lone-wolf perpetrators of hate crimes against innocent Muslim-Americans – all of which were condemned and prosecuted.]
We are taking concrete actions to change course. I have unequivocally prohibited the use of torture [implying illegal U.S. torture – when, where, by whose definition – since any alleged “torture” was actually the use of government-approved methods of extracting vital information from combatants?] by the United States, and I have ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay [established to house POWs belonging to no specific state] closed by early next year.” [What would you do Mr. President, just set them free to kill more Americans? Oh, wait. You already have.]
· “In the middle of the Cold War, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically elected Iranian government [by the sanctimonious Carter administration – who had no idea, due to having no human intelligence capability thanks to Democrat Senator Frank Church – that it would be replaced with Radical Islam]. I understand those who protest that some countries have weapons that others do not. No single nation should pick and choose which nation holds nuclear weapons. [What???!!! It’s an international treaty signed by Iran!] and that’s why I strongly reaffirmed America’s commitment to seek a world in which no nations hold nuclear weapons.”
· “There’s been controversy about the promotion of democracy in recent years, and much of this controversy is connected to the war in Iraq. So, let me be clear: No system of government can or should be imposed by one nation on any other.” [Implying that America is imposing governments. I wish! Where? Iraq already had a parliamentary form of government and elections – which Saddam rigged, of course. Subsequently, Iraq has held free elections – four consecutive free elections – with impressive participation rates – in fact, better than American participation rates.]
· “Democracy, rule of law, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, those are not simply principles of the West to be foisted on these countries, but rather, what I believe to be universal principles that they can embrace and affirm as part of their national identity. The danger, I think, is when the United States or any country thinks that we can simply impose these values on another country with a different history and a different culture [another false implication].”
· “I will not pretend that this is Mexico’s responsibility alone [the drug trade]. A demand for these drugs in the United States is what is helping to keep these cartels in business. [Like in Colorado, Washington State and DC, where Obama’s Justice Department allows ‘legal’ use of drugs]. This war is being waged with guns purchased not here, but in the United States. More than 90% of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States, many from gun shops that line our shared border. So, we have responsibilities as well. We have to do our part.” [Remember Obama’s “Operation Fast and Furious”?]
· When Obama addressed the Turkish parliament, he implicitly compared America’s past actions to Turkey’s genocide of the Armenians – although, ironically, in order to avoid offending the Turks, he refused to acknowledge that it was genocide, calling it only “the terrible events of 1915.” [This despite his explicit pledge as a U.S. Senator to publicly recognize the genocide.] “The United States is still working through some of our own darker periods in our history,” Obama announced, citing “the legacies of slavery and segregation, the past treatment of Native Americans.” [America was among the first to stamp out slavery and our “native” Americans now own gambling casinos.]
· Of course, the pusillanimous President then went on to “abandon the field” in Iraq and thereby invited radical Muslim extremists to “come on in…” and set up your own state, and had planned the same fate for Afghanistan.
For contrast, Republican Presidents Eisenhower, Reagan and both Presidents Bush were prepared for foreign policy and military challenges. Republicans Harding, Coolidge and Hoover didn’t have any military challenges other than to carry out the Wilson negotiated treaty responsibilities for the dismantling of America’s military after World War I –
· Dwight D. Eisenhower for the 1950s Cold War challenge of a nuclear armed Soviet Union which he countered by building a credible, formidable, survivable, sustainable and deliverable nuclear deterrent force manned by a military who would not hesitate to use it;
· Ronald Reagan for the taking of American hostages in Grenada in 1983, brought to a speedy conclusion by the application of overwhelming military force under professional leadership;
· George H.W. Bush in Panama in 1989 to apprehend Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega and Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, a U.S. ally, in 1990, brought to speedy conclusions by the application of overwhelming military force under professional leadership;
· George W. Bush for the September 11, 2001 attack on the U.S. homeland by radical Islamic terrorists based in Afghanistan and in 2003 to remove Saddam Hussein from power for supporting worldwide Islamic terror and the use and development of WMD, brought to speedy conclusions by the application of overwhelming military force under professional leadership (not including the ill-conceived “nation building” mission that followed).
Who will fill the Obama power vacuum? The chaos in the energy rich Middle East demonstrates that Radical Islamic groups influenced and financed by Iran, are already moving in to establish a power base for the spread of their 7th Century code of behavior – featuring terrorism, systemic violence, barbarity and misogyny (the predatory abuse of women) on an institutional scale, rape and honor killing – all under Sharia Law. Add to this a newly militant and xenophobic Russia, an expansionist China, an insane leadership in nuclear capable North Korea and a (future) nuclear armed Iran and a stateless, fanatic, barbaric militancy known as ISIS who seek to destroy all non-Islamic nations of the world and the peril to our national security is evident.
This campaign against Constitutional America, both foreign and domestic, has accelerated in the past few years and has placed the very survival of this nation in peril. Some of our leaders don’t seem to realize that rational people don’t negotiate with (as Obama has done), don’t empathize with (as PLDC icon Hillary Clinton has suggested), don’t sympathize with and don’t trust irrational, fanatical, barbarous people – and yet, that’s exactly what the PLDC continues to favor. Are they also irrational?
The threats posed by these types of people, both foreign and domestic, must be eliminated and since foreign enemies in this mentally unstable, unpredictable state of mind cannot be reasoned with, they must be isolated from the rest of us, by force if necessary. Domestic oriented leaders, who do not understand this, must also be isolated from power, so that they don’t get us all killed.
Likewise, domestic leaders who don’t understand that intellectual, financial, economic, cultural, political, as well as military, strength and stability is essential for national security, and to the guarantee of a safe and stable world, must be separated from power and influence. In fact, throughout all human history, unrivaled military strength and the will to use it, as we have painfully learned again and again throughout the 20th Century, is an essential requirement of all successful civilizations.
So, why the long dissertation on the inter-war periods in the 20th Century? It is to specifically point to the insanity, yes, the insanity of continually adopting a national security strategy of defenselessness in order to prevent conflict. As we all know (ad nauseam), the popular, yet accurate definition of insanity is: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. This is exactly what the United States’ political leaders have done for the last 100 years – after World Wars I and II, after Vietnam and after the Cold War – and it has cost America over 650,000 deaths and over 1.5 million maimed and wounded.
One would think that someone, somewhere along the line would have learned this lesson – if you allow war to occur because other nations believe that it will benefit them, you will be unnecessarily killing your own countrymen. The key to avoiding the deaths of Americas’ finest sons and daughters, husbands and wives is – don’t let war occur in the first place by making it absolutely clear to any and all, that war with the US – with our capability to project military power spanning the lethality spectrum from SEAL Teams to ballistic missile submarines – will be catastrophic for them.
How can we make this claim a reality? By understanding the lessons of history – our own history. I have set out the facts of 20th Century American national security history above. It is not a pretty picture. Let’s review.
There has been a peculiar dichotomy of American thought about national security throughout our existence. We have always considered ourselves safe behind two great oceans, the Atlantic and the Pacific, and two great landmasses, the Arctic tundra of Canada to the north and the searing desert of Northern Mexico, to the south, all the while seeking commercial opportunities around the world. We were great sea-traders long before we were a great nation.
The dichotomy involves the progressive/liberals – the Political Class (the big-government, non-producing bureaucrats) – inward looking, seeking to succor personal political advantage through government largesse without regard to its corrosive effect upon its recipients, the government-dependent voters – and the conservatives/ libertarians – the Industrial Class (the manufacturers and financiers of equipment and now, computer age hardware and software) – outward looking to gain global commercial advantage while neglecting the welfare of those who make commercial success possible.
The result has always been that although productive America is constantly immersed in world affairs because economic isolation is commercially impossible for the acquisition and maintenance of profitability, while its government is always more concerned with its own domestic affairs – the acquisition and maintenance of political power. The political class entraps; the industrial class exploits. America – as we know it – eclipses. Profound changes are required if America is to endure. Next time: The Exercise of Power.