Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Instability Arc


The magical phrase that makes all right with the world - personally and diplopolititarily. 

As best understood - the Arc of Instability essentially means that nation states are so hooked up with legit biz and sometimes defensive concerns that instability in one cat can affect the entire shebang.

It's also a stretch of gap shrinkin' turf that sweetly (accidentally on purpose perhaps) mashes up perfectly with CENTCOM

"...It involves at least 97 countries, across the bulk of the global south, much of it coinciding with the oil heartlands of the planet. A startling number of these nations are now in turmoil, and in every single one of them -- from Afghanistan and Algeria to Yemen and Zambia -- Washington is militarily involved, overtly or covertly, in outright war or what passes for peace.

"...Keep one fact in mind: the odds are that there is no longer a single nation in the arc of instability in which Great Satan is in no way militarily involved.

 Great Satan is now involved in wars in six arc-of-instability nations: Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen. It has military personnel deployed in other arc states, including Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Little Satan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Of these countries, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Djibouti, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates all host  military bases, while CIA is reportedly building a secret base somewhere in the region for use in its expanded drone wars in Yemen and Somalia. It is also using already existing facilities in Djibouti, Ethiopia, and the United Arab Emirates for the same purposes, and operating a clandestine base in Somalia where it runs indigenous agents and carries out counterterrorism training for local partners.

In addition to its own military efforts, the 44th admin has also arranged for the sale of weaponry to regimes in arc states across the Middle East, including Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirate, and Yemen. It has been indoctrinating and schooling indigenous military partners through the State Department's and Pentagon's International Military Education and Training program.

All of this suggests that there may, in fact, not be a single nation within the arc of instability, however defined, in which Great Satan is without a base or military or intelligence personnel, or where she is not running agents, sending weapons, conducting covert operations -- or at war.
 Oh snap! 

It's the endless, constant perpetuating perpetual war without any end!

Yawn. Entirely incorrect, mein schatzie

"Human history seems to register many more years of conflict than of tranquillity. In one sense, then, it is fatuous to whine that war is endless. We do have certain permanent enemies—the totalitarian state; the nihilist/terrorist cell—with which "peace" is neither possible nor desirable.  

"Acknowledging this, and preparing for it, might give us some advantages in a war that seems destined to last as long as civilization is willing to defend itself.

Pic - "Warfare, inherent in human nature, can only be struggled against and not be wished away."