Military foreign policy
ERNEST F. HOLLINGS, former U. S. senator
2011 -- China builds a large army -- but only to maintain law and order.
China has reasoned that any military engagement between China and the
United States will surely go nuclear, destroying both nations. As we puff
and blow about China's military, China doesn't worry about the U. S. military.
Taiwan becomes a part of China with its investments and tourists, and
under the Shanghai communiqué the United States already recognizes
Taiwan as a part of China. The Wall Street Journal editorializes for sales
of F-16s to defend Taiwan, but Congress is not going to war to defend
Taiwan. China realizes that in globalization "it's the economy, stupid,"
and wins influence by economic assistance building railroads and using
its biggest market in the world.
The United States develops a foreign policy by winning influence with
military aid or spreading democracy by invasion. We forget the lesson
of Vietnam: a country's culture cannot be changed militarily. Now we repeat
the Vietnam mistake in Iraq and Afghanistan. Before we invaded Iraq in
2003, the United States was already protecting the religious sects in
Iraq with over-flights from Incirlik, Turkey. After eight years of war,
the religious differences in Iraq are even more pronounced. U. S. Senators
ask for 25,000 troops to remain in Iraq at the end of the year - only
to become a referee; only to become the enemy -- with our GIs wasted.
It's best to withdraw and let the sects settle their differences.
The Pentagon says it will need three more years to develop an Afghan army
to secure Afghanistan. Charlie Wilson told us we won the war in Afghanistan
against the Russians because the Afghans hated foreigners. We, instead
of the Russians, are now the foreigners. The Afghans don't want us. The
warlords who still control Afghanistan with its drug culture don't want
a national army. Pakistan doesn't want an Afghan national army. Deserters
from the Afghan army are plants by the Taliban to identify weak spots.
Petraeus thinks he can "out-CIA" the Taliban, but this will
never happen. Save lives, save money. Out!
are so blinded by our military that we continue to prove Osama's
case with troops in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Egypt,
the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and drone-killing in Libya,
Yemen, and Somalia."
the U. S. must depend upon "the economy, stupid," - which we
are neglecting big time. Our best of capitalism, Corporate America, is
off-shoring production and jobs faster than we can create them. We've
got to make it profitable to produce in the United States. One way to
do this is to enforce the War Production Act of 1950. We've been so intent
on getting support for NATO that we have off-shored our defense production.
We are so blinded by our military that we recognized the tenth anniversary
of 9/11 in every way but to ask "why." Time magazine published
a special issue; daylong TV programs; but none discussed the reason Osama
bin Laden attacked the World Trade Towers. Newsweek got close in an article
of twisted logic by Andrew Sullivan, who wrote: "The bait was meant
to entice the United States into ruinous, polarizing religious warfare
against the Muslim world ...." The military has briefed me on Osama's
attacks on the Air Force Barracks, the Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania,
his attack on the U.S.S. Cole, and each time it was because Osama thought
the U. S. and west was already engaged in a "religious war against
the Muslim World," i.e. a Second Crusade. We are so blinded by our
military that we continue to prove Osama's case with troops in Saudi Arabia,
Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Egypt, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Pakistan,
and drone-killing in Libya, Yemen, and Somalia.
Now let's save face and stop the drone-killing wars. In 2006, the Pentagon's
Quadrennial Defense Review planned "the creation of a global environment
inhospitable to terrorism" by stationing its military around the
world to drone-kill terrorists and disrupt anything that could "offset
traditional U. S. military advantages." In a nuclear world, the U.
S. has no military advantages. In a hot war, drone-killing would be necessary.
But a freedom-loving people can't approve the Pentagon's policy of eliminating
terrorism by spreading terrorism.
Hollings of South Carolina served 38 years in the United States Senate,
and for many years was Chairman of the Commerce, Space, Science &
Transportation Committee. He is the author of
Government Work (University of South Carolina Press, 2008).
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