Watch to the South, South America. I strongly suspect Venezuela is instigating a war with Columbia right now in order to attack the United States for them and their allies in Iran. Why? Well, Sun Tzu recommends attacking your enemies allies, and what better time to do than now when there is a US President who wants 'dialog' to the point of talking down the gun barrel of a dictator?
Lets analyze this a bit and dig up Sun Tzu shall we? I typically go for the translation and commentary found in "The Seven Military Classics of Ancient China" (ISBN 0-8133-1228-0) translated by Ralph and Mei-chun Sawyer; mainly due to the extensive historical appendixes and of course the presence of other works of Chinese Military Philosophy which put everything into a much more clear historical context. Lots of translations exist for Sun Tzu's "Art of War", however many are fad translations done in the 70's and 80's by business people and college professors who were more concerned about its application to business competition and not militarily like it was written. A couple other translations of note done by or with a lot of military expert assistance are the edition by Samuel B. Griffith and Brig. Gen. T.R. Phillips' "Roots of Strategy" Book 1 which includes "Art of War" along with others ranging from the Roman Vegetius through Napoleon...
"Thus the highest realization of warfare is to attack the enemy's plans; next is to attack their alliances; next to attack their army; and the lowest is to attack their fortified cities.....
....Thus one who excels at employing the military subjugates other people's armies without engaging in battle, captures other people's fortified cities without attacking them, and destroys other people's states without prolonged fighting. He must fight under Heaven with the paramount aim of 'preservation.' Thus his weapons will not become dull, and the gains can be preserved. This is the strategy for planning offensives."
("The Seven Military Classics of Ancient China" p. 161)
We have seen Chavez survive another election, ours. We have seen his attack on our plans, along with Iran. Completing that with the assistance of 'Useful Idiots' (to quote Chairman Khruschev) like our current President, they have successfully defeated most of our plans to contain them. We impotently respond to Venezuela, Iran, and even North Korea. Why? Well our State Department and Department of Defense don't have a unity of effort. Our State Department, seems to be full of 'useful idiots' who have been acting with impotence ever since the end of the Cold War. Post Cold War, a complacency set in...
People need to realize that an alliance as dubious as the Warsaw Pact exists at the moment, or is in the process of developing. Much of it seems centered around an alliance of leftist-socialist countries (Communists) and radical Islamic Theocracies.
Some how, Khruschev's mission has continued, in the hands of our current government since the end of the Cold War. "We can't expect the American People to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of Socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have Communism." Ultimately, the Communist Movement never went away, and kept working toward the goal, in the light of day as 'progressives' or 'social democrats' or for 'social justice'.
I suspect our instability has been encouraged by various organizations, that are likely not even really working with each other for the same goal. However, their efforts are slowly bearing the fruit of our own destruction. We are in a perfect storm, and the instability is a wet dream for our enemies.
Just check out the article in USA Today in which Representative Pelosi describes dissent as Un-American! Now we even have a website being set up by the White House for people to report such 'un-American' rumors, along with firstname.lastname@example.org So far to my knowledge, there was no such language coming from the Bush Administration despite the blistering, lies, deception, and propaganda against the Global War On Terror.
For all the criticism of government spending during the last eight years prior, which was justified BTW, Congress is buying 8 more Gulfstream jets. 550 million dollars worth. So cut the F-22 Raptors because they are 'Obsolete' (in the words of President Obama himself, quite the expert isn't he?). Of course the deficit grew by leaps and bounds too...
At least people are waking up to the use of EnviroMENTALism as a vehicle for Socialism and increased revenue for government. When things effect the power bill and fill-up, everyone is effected!
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