Especial week for Small Wars Journal - these cats have literally whet the edge of Great Satan's combatty intelligentsia - enabling some of the sharpest military brainiacs to deliver steel on target with killer multi sortees.
"Why Great Satan should support Revolutions in m"Hammedist Turf"
Oh, you know it's so! For what ever reason, ME's Arab League and assorted spiritual kindredic nation/states are the diplopolititary schwerpunkt! for efforts in the New Millennium.
"...Internat'l relations is much like a knife fight— outside help is always welcome, little thought is given to the baggage that may come with offers of support, and you had always better watch your back.
"...Ultimately, these friendly despots and their cronies are ‘not our friends’ and definitely not ‘legitimately elected leaders’. We also tend to get morally tainted by our relations with these types; not that our silver-tongued diplomats would give this a second thought. Realpolitik requires sacrifices and morality quickly becomes relative and squishy to the policy being implemented or crisis now at hand.
Hot the heels of Dr Bunker's (oh, multi game bay bee!) blitz, SWJ hosts a smoking hot follow up as delightfully shock shock shocking as the ancient PNAC Def Guide in the before time (1992 actually).
2011 is a critical year for Great Satan's Hyper Puissance le futur
"...Sharp disagreements exist between those who believe that the United States should optimize its military for future counterinsurgency (COIN) campaigns like Afghanistan and Iran, and those who believe the United States should focus instead on its conventional capabilities. The decisions the United States makes now will influence its defense posture and military capabilities for the next generation.
"...This dialogue is taking place under the shadow of growing national debt and a lagging American economy, which will make the decisions taken over the next few years all the more important.
"...Yet at the same time, the future is extremely difficult to predict.
Diffusion of Military Power (Dr H's awesome tome could be considered the actual grandfather of an especially delish diplopolititary mashup with Great Satan's once and future intelligentsia - "Shi Ling!") shares hot deets and psychic gossip about how hostile or future hostile nation/states react to new innovations l'guerr –and to non state actor outers that do or don’t adopt them–has profound implications for the global order and the likelihood of war.
Great Satan's interests are now best served by implementing a not so new foreign policy approach—"...one that is sum-sum for our country and the burgeoning masses who live under the yoke of oppression in autocratic m"Hammedist states.
"...Under this new sum-sum strategy, we "play the old diplomatic game‟ and hold our friendly despots even closer while we do everything in our power, short of getting caught (and of course not engaging in crimes against humanity), to seize upon golden opportunities that are now presenting themselves in Egypt and in other Islamic lands to support Democratic revolution.
Ideally, Great Satan should not instigate it -(indeed - all despotries are doomed) Democracy should be seductive, something that is desired and not necessarily forced upon others.
"...If the spark of Democratic revolution should come about spontaneously due to the actions of flash mobs and social network-inspired rioting or is orchestrated from within by more organized bodies, we should support it from the shadows.
"...If a critical tipping point is approached—one in which relative superiority hangs in the balance— and if the stakes are worth it, we may even need to show our hand and threaten or buy off the targeted despot and his military forces in order to make them stand down.