Thursday, July 26, 2007

You Can Call Me Al (Qaeda, That Is)

A new article is up over at Defense and the National Interest on the "Long War" - a concept well worth studying as the elites are selling it hard:

America takes another step towards the “Long War” (Part I)

The flood of information and commentary available today can obscure events of the greatest significance. We see that today, as America takes another step towards the long war. Without thought or reflection, without debate by our elected officials, without our consent. In many ways just like the Cold War.

If the US starts a new long war, it is our war – for good or ill. Congress and the President are our agents no matter how they conduct our affairs. As bin Laden reminds us, following our leaders does not relieve us of responsibility.

Wars put all that we that we have, all that we are, on the table to be won or lost. Before we enlist ourselves and our children in a new war, let’s think. Is the wager worthwhile? Are the odds in our favor? Are there alternatives other than war?
In the past we have neglected these questions to our sorrow...

I'd suggest putting this in your mental "back pocket" to help make sense of the various government pronouncements on defense issues. Personally, I believe the Long War paradigm is going to be shaken to pieces by a collection of other, more pressing problems that will erupt over the coming years such as Peak Oil, a credit crunch (Son of Subprime) and a host of smaller, grinding clashes at a lower level - the product of a negative social mood - that I have labeled The Great Collapse. These will be a Long War in and of themselves, but one that will focus attention internally, leaving little time for Empire. But it is always good to have a handle on where we've been and where the elites want us to go.

If you like this type of analysis (not necessarily his conclusions, but if you like the rigor and his approach) I suggest you check out other articles by the writer who calls himself Fabius Maximus.

1 comment:

Fabius Maximus said...

I strongly agree that the Long War is probably a bruised toenail, to be ignored as far more serious problems appear during the next 20 years -- or sooner.

Worse, the vast energy and apply to the Long War could be applied to mitigating (too late for avoidance) these looming problems.