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During my Friday morning coffee and newsfeed I came across a disturbing headline, “HASC’s Smith: U.S. Should Abandon Quest for Military Preeminence”. The article’s first paragraph read that, “The U.S. military needs to wake up to the fact that global dominance is no longer a viable strategy for national defense, because pursuing that unrealizable goal is making the country less safe, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said April 22″. (The link is at the end of this post.)
When I read that paragraph, suddenly, my coffee didn’t taste as well as it usually does. We need to give up dominance on the battlefield? That is our new strategy? I didn’t know if I wanted to read the rest of the article but I determined that I would plow through.
It appears that the HASC chairman, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash) was basing his strategy partly on a statement from Marine General Kenneth McKenzie in which the General was lamenting the proliferation of small, cheap commercial drones which could be adapted to the battlefield. So, according to Smith, the U.S. should be ready to throw in the towel, “You can’t just be so big and bad that no one’s going to take you on, because they can take you on with a tiny little drone.”
Smith’s solution? According to the good representative, “…rather than seeking to dominate all its adversaries, the U.S. military should look for ways to change their calculus, to make it clear that conflict was not in their interests. Deterrence, not dominance, is what I’m really kind of looking at us being able to do here.” Oddly enough, the representative did not provide any examples of how a potential enemy can be deterred without the threat of dominant military power.
As I poured my second cup of coffee, I thought back to 1980-81. The Soviets were firmly ensconced in Afghanistan; not to mention busily sowing discord in Europe, Africa, and South America. They appeared to be on the march and many Democrats in Congress seemed eager to relegate the U.S. to a position of subordinance. The Soviets were just too strong; the U.S. needed to adjust to the “new realism”. Then along came a guy by the name of Reagan.
President Ronald Reagan wasn’t interested in 2d place; he knew that Americans were winners, that we were the “good guys” and that the Soviets could be beaten. Still, the Democrats were determined to resist that notion. They were the elite class; they were educated at all the best schools. They knew more than that “amiable dunce”. So, they fought him at every turn. As Marc Thiessen notes: “Most Democrats opposed the Reagan policies that led to the fall of the Soviet empire. They fought the Reagan defense buildup and his Strategic Defense Initiative (which Sen. Edward Kennedy dismissed as ‘Star Wars’ and Sen. John Kerry called ‘a dream based on illusion’). They supported the Soviet-supported nuclear freeze movement and opposed Reagan’s deployment of intermediate-range nuclear missiles to Western Europe. They criticized Reagan’s efforts to arm freedom fighters seeking to overthrow Soviet puppet regimes and support to pro-American governments fighting communist insurgencies…After Reagan called on the Soviets to ‘tear down’ the Berlin Wall, Democratic House Speaker Jim Wright declared that he had ‘utter contempt for Reagan’ because he had ‘spoiled the chance for a dramatic breakthrough in relations between our two countries’…Democrats such as Kennedy criticized Reagan for his ‘misleading Red-scare tactics’…”
Now, 40 years later, the Democrats haven’t changed a bit; not one iota. The Chinese and Russians are too strong. They have some weapons that we can’t defend against. It’s hopeless; we need to spend our money on domestic needs and let someone else dominate the world. Anyway, the real enemy is climate change.
Fellow Ricochet-ers, are you as sick of this crap as I am? This is America! We are Americans! We can build things! If an enemy deploys one weapon, we will deploy five, just as lethal! When will we start acting like the world leaders that other nations used to respect (and fear)?
Yes, I know. I’m preaching to the choir. However, I believe that we need to scream from the rooftops that the Democratic Party now, more than any other time, is the Party of Treason. There is no other way to put it. If Republicans are afraid to use the term then I believe it’s time for them to go back to their day jobs at the Chamber of Commerce.Published in