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Policy Proposal For War On Terror Options
Posted: Thursday, May 6, 2010 11:49:14 AM
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After numerous heated discussions amongst friends and relatives, mostly concerning the quagmire in Afghanistan, I've managed to distill a coherent approach to combating terrorist organizations. It is based entirely on the circumstances of the geographical location in question:

1. In functioning nation-states, the US cooperates with local authorities and military.

2. State-sponsored terrorism: it usually isn't that cut-and-dried. However, if there is an attack, and it can be proven that the resources of a state, it's intelligence services, whatever, were involved, then that nation is held liable along with whatever group it sponsored to plot the attack. How and when we retailiate is up to us. It can include anything up to regime change depending on the circumstances.

3. Terrorists operating in so-called "failed states"....Afghanistan being a primary example: since these states are not capable of controlling terrorists, we'll lend a hand. Be it airstrike, delta-force raid, cruise missiles, predator drones.

The first two are easy, it's the third example that gets sticky. We must not fall into the trap of the false choice: either we leave them alone, or we have "bought" that nation and are responsible for nation-building.

Every power from Alexander the Great, down to the British, the Soviets, and now US/NATO has learned the hard way that Afghanistan is more of a geographic entity by default, and not a nation at all. It is a collection of tribes that never unite unless it is to harass an invader. Then they go right back to their own private chaos. We are leaving in 2011. If the state fails, we attack as needed per #3 above. If it succeeds, we expect them to police themselves with our cooperation.

The point is, we reserve the right of self defense, and in excercising that right, we don't have to damn ourselves to endless military quagmires.
Posted: Thursday, May 6, 2010 2:52:18 PM
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I always like this yet unresolved question always being asked by innocent Americans that "why were we attacked on 911?"
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