Peace and Freedom
By John Francis Carey
We’ve been thinking about Tom Clancy lately. We met Tom shortly after reading The Hunt for Red October — before it became a movie. We became friends, I think, because Tom wanted to learn and know everything about the Cold War and the endless stalking of one side on the other. My U.S. Navy experience was something Tom wanted to tap into.
As the Cold War came to a close, the notion of “asymmetrical warfare,” that is a conflict characterized by powers that differ significantly in military capability, like North Korean nuclear weapons against all the U.S. and Western military — became the anticipated “next great problem.”
The Islamic State’s rise may have been an example of an unexpected asymmetric challenge — and President Barack Obama’s calling Daesh the “JV team” showed us he did not quite understand the threat — or what nations needed to do to counter that threat.
From about 1990 until very recently, the thought of a war between the Soviet Union or its successor and NATO seemed greatly diminished. The idea of a war with China was unthinkable.
Military experts began to believe that there would be no war between “peer nations with similar weapons.” And when Osama bin Laden used Islamic zealots to fly airplanes into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon the “asymmetric war” seemed to be upon us.
But while the George W. Bush administration had U.S. troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, at the end of his second term, President Obama took over with a pledge to get out of the Middle East and close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.
After that, we could “pivot to Asia.”
But adversaries of the United States — and our allies — had different ideas.
The Taliban increased in Afghanistan as NATO troops were pulled out. As U.S. troops left Iraq, the Iraqis could never quite agree on who would govern and, oh by the way, get up to Mosul to rid the nation of the Islamic State.
President Obama seemed to step in — in a big way — when he drew his “Red Line” in Syria to stop the use of chemical weapons.
But Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons anyway and President Obama balked — he didn’t fulfill his promise to act decisively against Assad’s regime.
Mr. Putin in Russia took President Obama’s “non-action” as weakness. He put his air force into Syria where it remains today, with a recently enhanced naval presence. Russia says now it will reactivate its once robust naval base in Syria.
Meanwhile, despite his promises to the contrary, President Xi Jinping in China moved his forces into the South China Sea to literally change the global geography and its political map. He militarized the South China Sea by destroying coral reefs to make tons of sand used in a massive reclamation effort to make islands out of reefs and uninhabitable sand bars.
Now China has a military grip on almost all commercial traffic over and through the South China Sea. Japan is worried and the Philippines seems to have chosen to quit its almost 100 year relationship with the U.S. and go over to the China-Russia side.
Many Americans seem oblivious to the dangers and the Presidential campaign seems to have gone off the deep end of sexual misconduct, email reading, name calling and finger pointing.
America is no longer a united nation — and that encourages our adversaries and counters any ability we may have to stop aggression overseas.
Many believe the U.S. “pivot to Asia” — a strategy developed when Hillary Clinton was U.S. Secretary of State — has already failed. Maybe Hillary put enough in her un-secure email to tell China all our plans. Or maybe they they were just going to outsmart her the old fashioned way. Hillary wouldn’t be the first Westerner who got taken to the cleaners by the Chinese.
After a brief respite of what seemed like global peace from the time the Berlin Wall came down until the World Trade Center terrorism strike on September 11, 2001 — Now the world looks to be substantially changed — and more dangerous than ever.
We are now in a contest of ideologies, cyber war, terrorism and suicide bombers. With China and Russia opposing the interests of the U.S.and our allies at every turn.
Maybe its not World War III. Some call it Cold War 2.0. But is seems very warm if you are in Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Somalia, Kenya and anywhere a terrorist can reach — which is everywhere.
The Middle East is on fire. Syria is destroyed and will need countless billions of infrastructure money to rebuild — once the fighting stops. But nobody seems to know how to stop it.
The disruption cause by the hemorrhage of refugees and migrants heading from the Middle East and Africa is the exact kinds of things Tom Clancy understood as a part of asymmetrical warfare. Britain voted to leave the EU — in part because the voters felt they could no longer agree to Angela Merkel’s open borders.
One less power in the EU pleases Putin.
Maybe Mr. Erdogan will take Turkey out of the EU and NATO. He seems to have gotten very chummy with Mr. Putin.
Now the refugee and migrant crisis is even a simmering threat — and maybe much more — to Angela Merkel herself. AfD and others are starting to throw around the verboten language of Germany’s Nazi past.
The unregulated flow of refugees is a tool of the new thinking on warfare. Tom Clancy would be delighted — and typing furiously.
Just in the last several days, Russia’s President Putin has indicated he will put nuclear weapons into the Russian enclave in Europe called Kaliningrad.
Photo: Nuclear Capable Iskander missile of the kind Russia is putting into Kaliningrad near Poland
Mr. Putin has fended off criticisms of “war crimes” in Syria after his seemingly relentless destruction of Aleppo. Now again, he has offered a stop for diplomatic talk to resume — but he cancelled a trip to Paris after French President Hollande said, “We will talk exclusively about Syria.”
Russia and China have been cranking up their state run propaganda machines. According to them — everything is the fault of the United States. But Americans can’t seem to get along as “one nation under God” long enough to fend off the knife wounds caused by the constant barrage of criticism — some valid but much of it propaganda that has largely not been uncountered.
Just in the last few days the Houti in Yemen apparently attacked the USS Mason with some kind of missiles. The U.S. responded with a few Tomahawk missile strikes — after a long pause of doing next to nothing.
I can almost hear Tom Clancy typing some version of his next novel on his keyboard while saying, “Islamic extremists attack a U.S. Navy warship and the U.S. president cannot even say ‘Islam’ without wetting his pants.”
Tom Clancy is no longer with us — God rest his soul — but the war that he thought was in the world’s future is upon us.
The future is now.
That’s asymmetric warfare. And that’s the Tom Clancy I was fortunate enough to know.
The world, it seems, is in a very dangerous place. And, as always through history, leaders once thought evil, incompetent or wrong for the job, will have to step up to lead the world back toward peace and serenity — and away from the madness that currently seems ready to consume us.
The U.S. is no longer dealing with the “JV Team.” We aren’t even playing in a battle we fully understand. President Obama’s tenure in the White will likely be remembered by historians as a time of U.S. weakness that encouraged China, Russia and Islamic State and others who would destroy the world order.
It’s a good time to say some prayers for our political leaders.
Even the ones that hate Catholics and do horrible things to women.
We have to get ready. Bigly.
Sorry for any typos. My MS is kicking my butt lately. JFC
North Korea conducts a test launch of a long-range strategic ballistic missile Hwasong-10 at an undisclosed location in North Korea
China’s Tiangong-2 space laboratory is launched into orbit atop a Long March-2F rocket on September 15. Photo credit AFP
Russia’s Tu-22M3 bomber
U.S. Navy sailors taken prisoner by Iran, January 12, 2016
Syria — Destroyed aid trucks stand near the rebel-held town of Urum al-Kubra. September 20, 2016. The US, UK and France said Russia bombed the humanitarian aid convoy. Russia denied the charge. Reuters
Aleppo rubble Sunday, December 18, 2016
“All we could see was a child’s feet.” — Members of the Syrian Civil Defense group recovered a body after airstrikes on Saturday in the contested city of Aleppo. More than 90 people died on Friday, and more than 100 on Saturday.Credit Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, via Associated Press.
The once amicable friendship of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov seems to have turned into trouble. Kerry and Lavrov pose unhappily together for a photo at the United Nations in Manhattan, New York, on Sept 23, 2016. PHOTO by REUTERS
The French president, François Hollande, has said his country has “a problem with Islam” and that there are too many illegal migrants arriving in France.
He also suggested that today’s “veiled woman” could become a Marianne, the female symbol of the French republic, and attacked his rival Nicolas Sarkozy as “the little De Gaulle”.
The controversial remarks are published in a 660-page book, A President Should Not Say That: Secrets of Five Years in Office.
Read it all:
Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte mental health assessment reveals tendency to ‘violate rights and feelings’ — “Antisocial narcissistic personality disorder” (He wants to take the Philippines into an alliance with China and Russia. The leaders there are overjoyed and will probably understand him better than people who are not already insane.)
Hillary Clinton adviser suggests Russia could have coordinated with Donald Trump’s campaign over email hack (Why don’t Democrats believe in security for documents and email? — This is not Russia’s fault. It is the fault of idiot Democrats that pour useful information into the minds of American enemies)
Catholic League Responds to Bigotry, Anti-Catholic Bias in Hillary Clinton Campaign, Suggests She Fire Campaign Chairman John Podesta (Any organization that gets the Catholic Church into this war is really doing something wrong)
World Strategic Situation: Two Major Camps Have Again Emerged: U.S. and Nations Committed To Democracy and Human Rights — And China, Russia and Iran (The Philippines seems to be siding with China, Russia and Iran)
South China Sea: China Rebuked By International Arbitration Court (From July 12, 2016)
President Obama in the White House, December 3, 2015 — the day after 14 Americans were killed and 22 were seriously injured at a Christmas party terrorism attack in San Bernardino, California.
President Obama went all the way to Vietnam to go to dinner with ANOTHER AMERICAN? — Anthony Bourdain — What are we paying for? This is not, not international diplomacy…. The American people should get a refund for all the wasted jet fuel on Air Force One….
While Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton began what was called the “U.S. pivot to Asia.” In this photo, Hillary Clinton talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. on September 5, 2012. Today Hillary Clinton is running to become the next President of the United States and China’s former Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi has been promoted to the number three leadership within the Chinese Communist Party. China seems to be in control of most of the South China Sea and is pressuring all U.S. allies from Japan to Australia to Singapore to ally themselves with China or face consequences. In 2012, Hillary Clinton was a big advocate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). After Donald trump said the TPP was not a good deal for American workers, Hillary Clinton became against the TPP.
Those were fun times, weren’t they? U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov press a red button symbolizing Mrs. Clinton’s intention to “reset” U.S.-Russian relations during their meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, March 6, 2009. Only the Clinton State Department Used the word for “overcharge” instead of the word for ‘reset.” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton left her post as U.S. Secretary of State with a Russia in military resurgence. The button meant “Reset to the Soviet Union and the Cold War” to Putin’s Moscow government, we suppose. (AP Photo)
A general view shows destruction in Aleppo’s rebel-held Bustan al-Basha neighbourhood on October 6, 2016. Credit George Ourfalian, AFP
French prime minister opposes US-EU Trade Deal — “This agreement is not on track” — Who Is “Back of the Queue” Now? (From Sunday, June 26, 2016)
Susan Rice September 16, 2012, just a few days after the attack on the U.S. at Benghazi. She told and re-told the lie that blamed the attack on a video seen as offensive to Muslims on all five major U.S. TV Sunday news talk shows. President Obama promoted her from U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations to the post of U.S. National Security Adviser.
The number of migrants and refugees during the Obama Administration has exceeded the total number from World War II. — AP photo, September 2015, at the main train station in Budapest.
Because the threat of Radical Islamic Terrorism was not addressed more forcefully from the start with a concerted campaign to eliminate them, the number of killed, wounded and displaced has continued to rise. The citizens of Syria and other places gave up waiting for Barack Obama to end the war and, at great peril to their own lives, and the lives of their family members, they became refugees and migrants. How much longer must the world stay in this state of upheaval?
President Obama now has the distinction of being the longest serving American president during war in the history of the United States. That’s his legacy.
Gruber’s ‘Glib’ Obamacare Remarks Will Keep Haunting Democrats — ObamaCare Law Made on Series of Lies (The end justifies the means. This is why they hate Catholics)
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