The U.S. plan for peace, such as it is, does exist!

November 5, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Posted in General Peace | Leave a comment
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I often wonder if the United States has any long-term plan for achieving peace and eventually standing down in the Middle East/Southwest Asia area — or if the idea is to just blast everything we don’t like with drones, forever.

Well, I remind myself that there is a plan – a National Security Strategy. (This is the public plan, anyway; and I assume it is indeed pretty much what national security directors are aiming for, despite the cynicism I have built up after years of watching these guys do dumb things like invade Iraq, support despots in Central America, etc.)

The Strategy is on the White House web site:

 http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/defense

One of the most obvious things it seems to me we should do is to learn to live without foreign oil, and this is indeed mentioned: Page 30:

“Transform our Energy Economy: As long as we are dependent on fossil fuels, we need to ensure the security and free flow of global energy resources. But without significant and timely adjustments, our energy dependence will continue to undermine our security and prosperity. This will leave us vulnerable to energy supply disruptions and manipulation and to changes in the environment on an unprecedented scale. “

So — that’s good!  It could be worse.  I have low expectations for any sort of peace plan this country comes up with, so I’ll take this.

One thing the Strategy does not mention, that I can see, is the idea that we might be better off having a smaller military presence in some parts of the world; I remember that the presence of bases of ours in Saudi Arabia was a prime motivator of the worst terrorists we’ve seen. I guess that’s too much to ask of a U.S. strategy.

 

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