It's too early
to panic. Look what we just avoided: Krauthammer and the whole Giuliani gangs
The good news:
1. Obama has been
elected largely by the antiwar people, therefore any war in Iran or Syria is,
I believe, off the charts.
2. A good chance to get out of Iraq.
3. We are broke, which makes war more difficult.
this is another matter. If you remember, the neocons were never very interested
in Afghanistan. No oil, far away. What the neocons want, among other things,
is the partition of Iraq, in order for Israel to get oil from the Kurds, a
non-Arab nearby supplier. I believe that the West, which is broke, is going
to get tired of Afghanistan pretty quickly.
~ Yves de Montaudouin
Raimondo is correctly concerned about Barack Obama, as the president-elect
is judged by his appointments. However, there is no way anyone could be worse
than Bush, so let's at least give it a chance. Furthermore, with Barack Obama's
election and the Republican Party in disarray, without a leader, this is a
good opportunity to rebuild a conservative/libertarian consensus around a person
such as Ron Paul. It is not too soon to begin preparation for 2012. We must
first define what conservatism really is, and make it clear that the Republicans
have been flying under false colors. We can then recruit the real conservatives,
grow in strength, and make the Republican Party the third party.
~ John Dente,
Neocon in Residence
for the article about Dennis Ross.
I'd like to add
that not only did Dennis Ross sign on to the Bipartisan Policy Center's task
force on Iran, he co-convened one for the Washington Institute for Near East
Policy, which, among other worrisome things, called for the next president
to make preventive military action (attack) a viable policy option along with
"coercive" options (which I believe would include the refined petroleum embargo,
etc.). Ross worked on this with none other than R. James Woolsey. Also of note,
three other Obama advisers signed on: Richard Clarke, Susan Rice, and Anthony
Lake. The photograph on the cover of this "statement" put out by WINEP is of
U.S. and Israeli flags flying as a backdrop to uniformed and armed men and
That plus WINEP's
overall push to make a preventive attack an accepted option can be found at
this link: "Washington
Think-Tank Cultivating 'Last Resort' Against Iran and Priming Next President"
(the section on the task force Ross worked on begins at the bottom of page 5
under "Priming the Incoming President").
~ Cheryl Biren-Wright,
managing editor, OpEdNews.com
you for your additional information on what Ross has been up to at WINEP. I
would like to think that we can "out" his record enough to deny him a senior
policymaking position that would enable him to push the Israeli agenda for
the next four years. But the appointment of Rahm Emanuel has made me pessimistic,
suggesting that Obama is nervous about what a hostile AIPAC can do to him.
What Obama does with senior appointments at State and Defense will be critical
in shaping the foreign policy agenda, so we can only wait and watch.
a 'Resurgent' Russia a Threat to the United States?
article and all opinions on the Russian-Georgian so-called war should state
the reality that Georgia was the aggressor. All stories from the so-called
Left should make clear that Georgia committed atrocities and war crimes against
South Ossetia and killed Russian peacekeepers. To ignore these facts in any
opinion or story on this summer's conflict only reinforces the perception that
Georgia was in any way justified in its murderous actions. Sadly, when a person
accepts the premise of Georgian innocence, all examination of the truth is
perverted. Whatever the reasoning of Georgia's drug-addicted, cowardly leader
for sending in his troops to kill innocent women and children, many if not
most still in their homes, these actions must be condemned. The fact of Israeli
and U.S. operatives and even the reports of Blackwater troops' involvement
only strengthens the case for Russian justification. Is Russia a threat to
the USA? I think Cheney and the boys got pretty good indication from the result
of this summer's conflict. Anyone even remotely opposed to war should be ecstatic
that Russia proved that taking over the world will be messy for any U.S. dictator,
whether that be Bush or Obama.
~ Ed Simkin
read my previous columns, where I do say that Georgia was the initial aggressor
and should not be allowed into NATO.
Win-Win Situation for China
ignorance of history is the most accurate assessment in your article. My daughter
just entered high school this year in a local district that boasts academic
achievements among the top 3 percent in the nation. Their curriculum in history
begins with the French Revolution, as compared to the American Revolution.
The second through the fourth years only deal with the last two centuries of
American history. Talk about arrogant disregard and lack of respect for the
most important subject in social studies. The central planners realize that
a well-educated citizenry with a well-rounded historical perspective is a much
tougher crowd to control and fool, so they have watered down the academic requirements.
~ Giuseppe Spizzichini
I went to school in Germany and the U.S., so I have a very clear idea of what
could be taught and what isn't taught. I think what the Chinese and Americans
have in common might surprise all of us, given the rhetoric we hear all of the
time. The Chinese school system is rigidly controlled and blatantly politicized
and nationalistic. While America points the finger at that system, we are blind
to the exact same characteristics in our own schools. And the lack of history
education in American schools is truly sinister and appalling.
School in America
for me was a joke and a struggle to get through with as few detention slips
as possible. In Germany it was an eye-opening experience in which knowledge
and learning were placed at the top of the agenda, not who has the coolest pants
and who is dating whom. I learned more in my first six months of school in Germany
than my entire 8 years of schooling in the U.S. Thank God I graduated in Germany.
But would the
German system ever take hold here? The Germans separate kids starting in fourth
grade. There are three tiers: Hauptschule, which goes to 9th grade;
Realschule, which goes to 10th grade; and Gymnasium, which goes
to 13th grade. Only those who graduate from a Gymnasium can continue
on to university. The system is flexible: anyone who wants to move from one
tier to the other and has the test scores and grades to do so can do it. It
would be very interesting to see who actually made it if we did have
that system here in the U.S. But here fears of racism would kill such a system.
What is a parent
to do in the U.S. when private schools are expensive and exclusive and still
do not provide a good education? A parent has to pray that her district has
a decent school. Or they have to home school. Or move.
Neoconservatives. Hello to Their Liberal Brethren?
the Harry Reid and the author get their wish it would at best be odd. Odd for
a president who advocated using a scalpel instead of ax on government programs
during his campaign to suddenly advocate across-the-board cuts on defense systems.
At worst, it would leave the U.S. unable to defend its allies or its critical
interests. The U.S. would be unprepared for war and as we have seen in history
that always guarantees the need to fight the next one, if not today then the
DDX is plausible. There are problems with the program, and it may be superseded
by the CGX. Scrapping the JSF would leave the Navy without a 21st-century fighter
to counter the existing aircraft the Russians are exporting to North
Korea, Iran, Syria, China (where they are being copied and exported as well),
and even Venezuela. The existing F-18 is a good plane, but it can't lead this
fight. It would leave the Navy completely unprepared for the Russian F-22 look-alike
(which will also be exported) or the surface-to-air missiles it is exporting
now to the same countries listed above. The Air Force would likewise
have no ground attack capability, and since all U.S. military strategy is predicated
on control of and support from the air, it would leave our troops vastly vulnerable.
It’s fair to talk about the numbers and the mix, but the system really is a
requirement for going forward.
Killing the FCS
would likewise be odd since it is completely on time and on budget (despite
the spin to the contrary, independent audits have found it is). In fact, depending
on your point of view it is ahead of schedule. Just ask the troops in Iraq
and Afghanistan asking for more of this stuff that wasn't even supposed to
available yet. Taking a re-look always makes sense; however, killing the whole
project – all the systems in the system of systems – would leave the U.S. with
just the Cold War relic Army liberals and armchair generals have been complaining
we were building in the first place. As a point of contrast, the UK has a similar
project, FRES: Future Rapid Effects System. Recently, while looking for things
to cut to make budget, they came to the conclusion that this was something
they desperately needed, not something they could cut. In addition, cutting
the FCS would cut funding for important technology advancements that will have
great application in the civilian sector – new hybrid engines; new, long-life,
high-output, rechargeable batteries; complex geometry composites fabrication.
It goes on and it is pretty impressive. Funding these projects directly on
the civilian side would probably violate all sorts of trade agreements, and
that’s exactly why other nations are funding the research exactly the same
way. So killing the FCS would not just hurt defense but civilian industry in
the U.S. as well.
If the author
or the Congress wants to keep the U.S. Army at home, he/they should advocate
that policy and specifically that policy. Building and maintaining an unequipped
Army creates an illusion (to us, not our enemies and a world full of violent
opportunists) that we can defend ourselves and the imports we need to live
our daily lives with (food, oil, mineral resources, computer components) with
an open ocean and a large economy. Recent events have shown just how small
oceans are and just how much damage can be done to an economy by just a few
people dedicated to that cause. The military has a job to do; they should be
equipped to do it. Doing away with fire trucks won’t do away with arsonists.
Focus on policy, not capability; you will need that capability some day.
~ Sal Magnone