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Conflicted Danger

Sunday, 24 November 2002 12:00 AM

If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

We are at war as you read this. We haven't yet gotten the official memo yet, but it IS coming. And we've got a few problems.

Before I launch into my rant, permit me the prelude caveat that war with Saddam is necessary. Forget about appeasement or our history as allying with Iraq to counter Iran, or the gaggle of more disingenuous arguments for not doing what MUST be done. If we don't remove the Hussein threat it will bite us in our backside as sure as a bear does you know what in the woods.

However, although (notwithstanding protestations to the contrary) there is little danger we cannot defeat Saddam, there are significant threats.

Our military, which remains magnificent, has been eviscerated by the sins of the previous administration and myopia of both lawmakers and the Pentagon's perfumed princes. We lack trigger pullers, equipment, munitions and geopolitical strength.

Despite that, we can and will win in Iraq. However, we also expose ourselves like a one-armed boxer.

Once upon a time our military policy and doctrine claimed we could sustain military action in two theaters of operation (for example, the Mideast AND Asia). THAT martial erotic dream is now acknowledged as fantasy. Sure, we can have special ops units spread all over the globe like pigeon droppings in Trafalgar Square … but only small units, and only limited missions.

A for-real divisions-in-echelon kind of war can only be executed by U.S. forces in ONE place on the globe at one time. Even the Pentagon begrudgingly admits we have to fight and win somewhere (anywhere) before we can move to another theater of operation. And therein lies the potential nightmare for still the baddest dog on the block.

For years I have been warning about the China threat. No, not the Bill Gertz book by the same title, but China's quest for hegemon. There is ample material from guys a lot smarter than me. Steven Mosher's book, "Hegemon" (http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/qa/19656.html), Bill Gertz's book "The China Threat" (http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/qa/19668.html), the recent

Now we hear from the CIA that thanks to the brain flatulence of Bill Clinton, North Korea can make dozens more nuclear bombs to add to the one or two they already have.

Clinton's 1994 agreement supposedly placed the Yongbyon and Taechon reactors under monitoring by the International Atomic Energy Agency in exchange for shipments of heavy fuel oil and assistance in constructing a light-water nuclear reactor. So they lied. The agreement is now considered null and void.

Sun Tzu said, "All war is deception."

So here is a frightening reality check.

We WILL become decisively engaged in a for-real ground war in Iraq. We WILL win. It could be quick like the last time, or it could go longer. However, it will NOT drag on and on like our live-fire field training exercise in Vietnam.

However …

I have previously noted that if we are fighting to preserve and protect America we should be compelled to acknowledge WHAT America is. The framers made it real clear in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. IF, in the alleged interest of 'protecting' us we allow our leaders to undermine, abrogate and/or ignore the very essence of the founding documents, then what the hell ARE we fighting for?

I have often noted that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights don't GIVE us a single right. Those documents merely acknowledge God-given inalienable rights. Don't take my word for it. John Adams said:

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