Imagine No al-Qaeda, It’s Easy If He Tries…
posted at 4:02 pm on November 20, 2009 by Dafydd ab Hugh
The national-defense syllogism of President Barack H. Obama is pristine in its consistency:
- The war against the Iran/al-Qaeda axis is over! It ended on January 20th, 2009, when the One We Have Been Yearning For was finally inaugurated.
- It was just one more of those failed policies from the previous administration. The war criminal Bush brought it on himself when he enraged the world by launching an unprovoked invasion of Iraq.
There are still a few criminal gangs that want to commit crimes against individuals inside the United States. The attacks on the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole, the attacks on the World Trade Centers and some other public building — these were crimes: serious perhaps, but no different in substance from a home-invasion robbery or a residential burglary.
And we already know how to deal with crime: After the next 9/11, we’ll issue an immediate and sweeping flurry of indictments against the suicide perpetrators.
- Of course, you can’t stop a burglary with missiles and bombs… therefore we should stand down all those needless, senseless military defenses — think of the money we could save!
And to gain the love of the whole rest of the world, we should proudly and publicly proclaim that we’ve done so:
The commander of military forces protecting North America has ordered a review of the costly air defenses intended to prevent another Sept. 11-style terrorism attack, an assessment aimed at determining whether the commitment of jet fighters, other aircraft and crews remains justified….
The review, to be completed next spring, is expected to be the military’s most thorough reassessment of the threat of a terrorism attack by air since Al Qaeda’s strikes on Sept. 11, 2001, transformed a Defense Department focused on fighting other militaries and led to the Bush administration’s “global war on terror.”
Think of it: No more fighter jets fueled and ready to shoot down airliners… no more American troops sent all over the world… no more Guantanamo Bay… no more torturing innocent farmers and scholars kidnapped from Tora Bora. With all the protections against crime we now have — security screenings at airports, locked cockpit doors, no-fly zones around wherever the Obamacle happens to be — who needs military force?
The eight-year national nightmare is over; it turns out that the entire premise of “war” was flawed to begin with, as the trials of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other criminals prove. And the money, the expense! Just think how all those billions that could be better spent on seizing control of health care and crippling America’s energy production:
The assessment is partly a reflection of how a military straining to fight two wars is questioning whether it makes sense to keep in place the costly system of protections established after those attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Though the last of the air patrols above American cities were discontinued in 2007, the military keeps dozens of warplanes and hundreds of air crew members on alert to respond to potential threats.
“The fighter force is extremely expensive, so you always have to ask yourself the question ‘How much is enough?’ ” said Maj. Gen. Pierre J. Forgues of Canada, director of operations for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or Norad, which carries out the air defense mission within the United States military’s Northern Command.
What could possibly go wrong?
We cannot stick with the old regime of military defense anyway; we just don’t have the resources:
General Forgues said the American and Canadian fleets of fighters, refueling tankers and radar planes “are always in high demand and low supply.”
Rather than do something crazy and counterproductive, like increasing the supply of fighters and refueling tankers to match the demand, it’s so much easier simply to reduce demand by ending the air defenses.
But of course, nothing is carved in stone yet; that Canadian general who runs the American air defense at NORAD, Pierre Forgues, is merely conducting a review. Who can say how it may turn out?
General Forgues cautioned that there was no predetermined outcome of the review and that it was possible the commitment to the air defense mission would remain the same, or even increase.
Just as Obama, after careful consideration, may actually choose a counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan and send even more troops than Gen. Stanley McChrystal has requested — who can say? It’s still under review.
The Times notes the truly staggering expenditures of the Bush regime’s warmongering and jet-jockeying over the skies of America: Combat air patrols over our cities cost (brace yourselves) in excess of $50 million every week. That’s more than $2.6 billion each and every year — an utterly unsustainable expense, fully equal to an entire week of the price for ObamaCare. How can we possibly continue to bankrupt ourselves by paying for such unnecessary, imperialist, neoconservative militarism?
Thank goodness our nation came to its senses in time to elect a president who believes in strength through disarmament. It’s no wonder he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize; Barack Obama is Mother Teresa on steroids.
Cross-posted on Big Lizards…