On some down time I’ve tried to read through the new National Security Strategy but it is difficult. In my mind, the words have no reference to anything real, which makes the document sort of weightless and strange, like some sort alien goo.
We want we want we want but can’t give with grins and silly waves and faces and words like democracy and obligation and fingers up at what
Not anything real or not anything that those opposed to the War in Iraq and against Terrorism agree with?
What reasonable person isn’t against terrorism, Josh?
That “against” should have been capitalized: War Against Terrorism.
Which is a big difference. Of course any reasonable person is against terrorism. But there is clearly differences in the methods in fighting it. Right now there is a ton of opposition to the current War Against Terrorism because it’s been labeled “George Bush’s War Against Terrorism”.
And because Bush is the one leading the fight, many liberals are against the War Against Terrorism.
Which makes me wonder: If any reasonable person is against terrorism, how exactly can so many reasonable people think that that war can be fought any other way but militarily?
You’re asking loaded questions hard to deal with in comment space: but there are several answers. One is to follow the progress of the Middle East Partner Initiative or MEPI and to factor in how much the military will play a role in that effort. The other is to consider US history of supporting autocracy in the region in a realistic way. Another is to consider that the military cannot change “culture,” politics, and social realities.
I myself think the term “War on Terror” and “War Against Terror” are marketing terms. Might as well have a War Against Walking At Night.
Just a bit from Paul Eaton on incompetence:
My apologies for the “loaded question” :-) I guess I thought it more rhetorical being that it was posted in a comments space. I agree with you on the marketing terms tho. I much prefer “Iraq War” and “The Hunt for Osama”. “Weapons of Mass Destruction” is another term I loathe.