Don't be spoon-fed

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, February 01, 2005

It's one thing to spread ideologically orthodox rhetoric to domestic and international audiences. It's another to actually do something. The very best way is to set a good example by using our own orthodox philosophy, methodologies and institutions to solve both domestic and international problems. Otherwise our hypocrisy makes us our own worst enemies.

Politicians say they are serious about winning our wars. If so, we would see a carefully crafted declaration of war giving executable objectives for the military and the State Department. What we have are hype-generating war resolutions that stimulate government problem-pooping.

Furthermore, we would see visible results from relevant, proven military science/philosophy being conceptually understood and applied by both civilian and military leadership. Examples: 1) Captain Liddell-Hart's "Strategy" on strategy against guerillas, and how to compensate for weak human intelligence, and 2) Lawrence of Arabia's "Seven Pillars of Wisdom" on details of successful insurgency in the Arabian region with limited resources against the Ottoman Turks, then a world military power. What we have is failed advice from "experts" who insist it's all different now.

Though specifically warned of the peril from running up national debt indiscriminately by founding fathers, our politicians have done so. Worse, Enron-like accounting tricks are now hiding several times the financial liability of $7.2 trillion currently reported. What this means is that every dollar the federal government is spending, except for debt service, is borrowed money. We're calling ourselves the world's only superpower based on a military and incredible weapons bought and maintained on borrowed money. The United States is the world's largest consumer market run primarily on consumer and federal borrowed money. We have nothing but the trade balance and banking manipulations backing our currency. History shows past world powers with similar problems invariably tried territorial conquest, colonialism, and war. It's not just terrorism or the Bush administration or oil that is dictating United States foreign relations.

Let's remedy this by asking ourselves to personally study human knowledge and God's word for conceptual understanding, rather than being spoon-fed second-hand interpretations.

Stuart Thompson

Auke Bay

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