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July 21, 2005
War, war, and more war

It's all about making war with the Bush Administration. Some people have been warning about that for years.

Bush’s “grim vision” always recognized that the “war on terror” abroad would require restricted freedoms at home – as well as expanded powers for the police and military. So, just as in 2002, when the “Bush Doctrine” on preemptive wars laid the intellectual groundwork for invading Iraq, new doctrines are now being promulgated to justify the creation of a full-scale “security state” inside the United States.

One Defense Department document, called the “Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support,” sets out a military strategy against terrorism that envisions an “active, layered defense” both inside and outside U.S. territory.

As a kind of domestic corollary to the Bush Doctrine, the Pentagon strategy paper also has a preemptive element, calling for increased military reconnaissance and surveillance to “defeat potential challengers before they threaten the United States.” The plan “maximizes threat awareness and seizes the initiative from those who would harm us.”

Global War

Besides lifting the traditional limits on military operations on U.S. soil, the document makes clear that global warfare will be the reality for at least the next decade.


In effect, the Bush administration is prescribing a large dose of military action and political repression as the cure for Islamic terrorism.

Everyone delusional enough to think this will "cure" the "problem," raise your hand. (We want to know who to blame, when this starts WWIII, as it well might.)

Besides the question of civil liberties, the strategy represents a rejection of advice from counterinsurgency experts who warn that an over-reliance on warfare and inadequate attention to the root causes of Middle East anger could perpetuate terrorism indefinitely, rather than reduce it to a manageable problem that can be handled by law enforcement.

That's the Number One Problem with this bunch. They won't listen to sense.

Has it not occurred to them that their strategy is already producing more terrorists than it's stopping?

Posted by AnneZook at 09:34 AM


We've been underestimating this clown for way too long. We thought he was just making it up as he went along, that all the failures were the result of a failure to plan. Turns out, he was planning for failure.

Posted by: Ahistoricality at July 21, 2005 09:23 PM