This meme that sending our guys to get killed killing their guys in the Middle East has anything to do with our national security is just wrong. It’s why every GOP candidate who just wants to keep on doing what we’ve been doing and somehow get different results is wrong. It’s a waste of lives and money that CANNOT achieve the goal we say we want to achieve.
Attacking unorganized barbarians in the ME, waging war against barbaric savages who possess only small arms, has nothing to do with the safety of America. THAT is a false premise.
Wars are waged to change the behavior of NATION STATES. ALL people exist WITHIN a NATION STATE. Waging war is done ON A NATION STATE; guys with guns – terrorists or armies – are just policy tools; they are a SYMPTOM of ACCEPTED national behavior, formal or un-rejected, not the POLICY of a nation.
If you want to defend America FROM nation states – and those harbored WITHIN nation-states – you wage war ON the POLICY of the nation state – e.g. the NATION STATE ITSELF – NOT their warriors – which is how and why we won WW2. And you do it with ROE that show your guys AND their guys that the goal of the war – CHANGING THE BEHAVIOR of the nation state – is MORE important than any collateral damage that ensues ON that nation state.
That is the ONLY way wars are won.
I also have posted a couple of times that the Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution REWIRED modern brains, that this re-wiring included a new moral component, and that those populations that did not participate in either the Industrial Revolution OR the Enlightenment have NOT undergone this re-wiring, and so CANNOT process modern Liberal democracy or morals or human rights taken for granted in the West. In other words: Hearts & Minds CANNOT win – as their brains can’t process the moral underpinnings. In OTHER words – other than killing them, there is NO way to STOP them.
So. Two ways exist to stop islamist fundamentalist attacks on the modern world (which is what they are attacking, and have been since they began regressing about 400 years ago (read “What Went Wrong“, by Bernard Lewis):
- Fence them all in and don’t let them out.
- Kill them by destroying their centers of ideology and funding: Mecca, Medina, ZamZam, Riyadh, Qom.
And THAT can be done – and must be done – NOT with small arms and men, but with tactical nukes. Once their centers of ideology are destroyed the cult will wither and die within a couple of generations. Running FROM our most productive weapons instead of TO them is the most absurd idea imaginable and something no other nation in history has ever done.
And it’s not like this 7th-Century death cult is going to stop killing us any other way – THAT is wishful thinking… and a false premise.
No reason whatsoever exists to sacrifice educated Westerners in small arms battles with pre-modern savages.
An application of the Second Amendment on a nation-state level (about which I also have posted) would ensure 3 things:
- bad guys would get nukes, and
- the first time any bad guys used their nukes, the closest neighbor, or their target, or a Great Power, would turn the attacker into green glass
- Bad guys would not use nukes again
After the first usage of nukes by bad guys, bad regions would become like Red States: Once the good guys show they will use their arms against the bad guys, the bad guys will stop misbehaving – the REAL bad guys will be glowing, and the wanna-be bad guys will grasp that they can’t fight nukes with knives.