Friday, November 02, 2007

Another Long War?!

In a sea of articles, commentaries and editorials I peruse daily, anything by William S. Lind always catches my eye. Unlike most imperial bureaucrats and their laptop-bombardier enablers, this man actually knows what he's talking about when it comes to war and strategy.

Today he offers a way to evaluate potential candidates for the next Emperor: "How do you propose to avoid a long war?"

What's wrong with a "long war"? Says Lind:

Sun Tzu said it succinctly: "There is no instance of a nation benefiting from prolonged warfare." Acceptance by any Presidential candidate of a "long war" or "persistent conflict" is an admission of grand strategic imbecility. Which, just possibly, ought not be the highest qualification for public office, all appearances notwithstanding.
Worse yet, America has already been through a long war - from its 1917 intervention in Europe to the 1990 "victory" against Communism (see here for why I put that in quotes). And the fruits of that?

In 1914, America was a republic with a small federal government, a self-reliant citizenry, growing industry, an expanding middle class, an uplifting culture and exemplary morals. By 1990 and the end of that long war, we had become a tawdry and increasingly resented world empire with a vast, endlessly intrusive federal government, a population of willingly manipulated consumers, shrinking industry, a vanishing middle class, a debauched culture and morals that would shame a self-respecting stoat.

Where will another long war leave us? What's left of America won't be worth a bucket of warm spit, or however you say that in Spanish.
Yet every "mainstream" candidate for the Throne of St. Abraham promises more war, more Empire, more of the same.

Of course, given the acceleration of history as evidenced by the 20th century alone, it won't take another 70 years for the said spitbucket transformation, but probably much, much less.

1 comment:

charlie ehlen said...

Sir, you could do much worse than to read Mr. Lind. He does seem to know his stuff regards war and strategy/tactics.
How sad to see what has become of America in such a relatively short time period. The country in whose Marine Corps I served and went to Viet Nam for. Yes, another Imperial war of aggression. When will this country ever learn. One more war and America just might be out of business.