Intelligence Expert: War on Terror Is Killing Wrong People

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 04:10 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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The lack of security that led to the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi is indicative of a government that lacks responsibility, says intelligence expert Angelo Codevilla, professor of international relations at Boston University.

"It simply is a loss of a sense of responsibility, and that of course starts at the top," Codevilla told "The Steve Malzberg Show'' on Newsmax TV.

"The primary responsibility of statesmen is to provide for peace at home. You provide peace at home by winning wars abroad, not for constantly fighting.

"If you don't win abroad, you will have trouble at home. This is the unequivocal lesson of history."

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Codevilla is author of the new book, "To Make and Keep Peace Among Ourselves and with All Nations," published by Hoover Institution Press.

"The textbook of wars is the Peloponnesian War, and the great lesson from that is that Athens and Sparta, by continuing to fight, by not looking for an end to the whole thing, ended up destroying themselves from the inside," Codevilla said.

"The great lesson of war is it destroys you from the inside if it goes on too long. War is an unhealthy thing, above all, from the inside."

He believes the United States has ended up punishing some of the wrong enemies since Sept. 11, 2001.

"Ever since the so-called 'war on terror' started, the United States has killed an awful lot of people. And guess what? We have more trouble than we had to begin with," Codevilla said.

"Many of the people who were killed were the wrong ones. If you kill people to get rid of troubles, and you've still got troubles, then you've killed the wrong ones.

"We should have been going after the leaders of regimes. It was a great thing for us to take out Saddam Hussein. Absolutely the wrong thing to stay in Iraq and try to change their country.''

Codevilla said American citizens are now "afraid'' of their own government as its power has grown.

"As it almost always happens when you have long wars, the powers that be are enhanced, they get the greater capacity to control things at home, and guess what? Being human, they turn those powers against their domestic political enemies," he said.

"So you have every government agency with military capabilities ready, willing, and eager to use them against people who transgress either their regulations or who they simply don't like."

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