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THE NEXT WAR
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The future of American military operations will center around a rapid, combined-arms campaign to seize initiative through a "shock and awe," designed to handle multiple fronts. It will concentrate on a blitzkrieg-type offensive designed to deny, through rapid forward deployment, terrorists and their sponsors from using chemicals, WMD, and in many cases will be used to save not just human life and property, but to prevent environmental disasters.

            "It is well that war is so terrible," General Robert E. Lee once said, "or we should grow too fond of it." Lincoln said virtually the same thing at the same time.

No words could have greater meaning to an America flush with power, for in fighting and winning wars with little casualty to themselves and few among the population, American military planners must avoid thinking of a "surgical" war. For this reason, we need to create partnerships and coalitions with nations who do not view war as "victory" like we do. These partnerships can create preventive covert and intelligence operations to replace the need for overt actions. This will help stop the lies and propaganda that emanate even from places like France, whose textbooks and media promulgate full-blown distortions of American history. Make them part of our history, not just by-standers.

The first goal of war will be to "crack the enemy's will as quickly as possibly," Harlan Ullman writes in "Shock and Awe". Instead of destroying everything through massive aerial bombardment, America now can cut off electricity, water and telecommunications with surgical efficiency, before overwhelming force is needed. The plan is to kill as few civilians and even as few of the enemy as possible, and of course as few Americans as can be done. There is no way we can rely on the U.N. to keep peace anywhere. They should be used as our sounding board, not despot countries. We can use them to raise money and bring in police forces, but as a tactical military outfit, they are useless. Bill Clinton's use of them in this capacity proved that.

Future wars will be decided, as Sun Tsu wrote in "The Art of War", before they are fought. Much of that will be through media and information, which we can and must control, especially through the Internet. This has nothing to do with free speech. It has to do with competing with hate speech by spewing Truth to foreign lands.

George Bush must maintain his line that countries are "either with us or against us." Nations like Russia and Germany need to be held accountable for their treacherous sale of arms to enemy countries and terrorists. Some members of the Saudi Arabian government worked with Al Qaeda in planning 9/11. They cannot be trusted. They have no choice but to acquiesce to our demands on them.

Many militarists think war with China, probably a regional conflict, is inevitable, although this may not occur until after they host the Olympics. China has been pushed to the background by American dominance. If hard-line elements emerge there, they might choose to "make their play," so to speak, as a world power. A surgical bombing of North Korean nuclear facilities, like the preventive measures taken by Israel against Iraq at Osirak, may be necessary. Other possible strikes may occur in Somalia (to settle the score from 1993), Africa (to deal with civil wars), Latin America (to combat narco-terrorism), and to a lesser extent, action (overt and covert) in Iran, Libya and Syria. It is doubtful that Cuba will be attacked since Castro will fall of his own attrition. Vietnam no longer poses a threat.    

 

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