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For the Courage of the Founders
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In the following pages I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense; and have no other preliminaries to settle with the reader, than that he will divest himself of prejudice and prepossession, and suffer his reason and his feelings to determine for themselves; that he will put on or rather that he will not put off, the true character of a man, and generously enlarge his views beyond the present day. —Thomas Paine, Common Sense
For the Courage of the Founders - How a lack of strategic courage and vision threatens to destroy the United States. The hard truths about terrorism, civil duty and how the strategic use of courage and consideration of terrorism in real terms could be use to mold the strategic framework for victory.
There is one crucial fact that the United States must accept if it is to hope to be successful in its fight against terror: there is no strategic imperative to conduct a war on terror, global (GWOT) or otherwise. Failure to realize this simple fact could be the fatal flaw that will provide the enemies of the United States with the opening, which, if properly executed, could allow them to achieve their goals. That the United States might choose to conduct the GWOT is an entirely different issue. The fact is there is no imperative to conduct it. This is an important distinction because the United States has, and always will have, true strategic imperatives. Our founders understood that fact, and many of our leaders through history have understood that. Today, we have lost sight of what is imperative and what is not. Through an abject dearth of courage, we as a nation have focused on our safety instead of our freedom and our present comfort instead of our future success.
If there were a disease that killed five thousand people every 228 years, no drug company would be willing to invest in research and development to find a cure. If there were a specific type of accident that killed five thousand people every 228 years, insurance companies would gladly offer low rates to cover the risk. If there was a causal link made between a type of activity and five thousand deaths per 228 years the government would not be concerned, certainly not so concerned as to establish federal statutes and spend billions of dollars to prevent the activity. Uncharacteristically, we have let just such casualty numbers change the very philosophy of American life. Even more troubling, we have let those numbers change our national philosophy knowing that that is exactly one of the stated goals of our foe.
Over the past few decades “terrorists” have repeatedly attacked the United States. The response has been one of fear. In the days following the crash of TWA Flight 800 new and aggressive antiterrorism legislation was passed into law quickly. So quickly that the legislators' law passing was complete before the crash investigators' finding that there was no terrorist attack or involvement. September 11, 2001 begot the U.S. P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act, which clearly circumvents constitutional guarantees. At the highest levels of government--the federal level of government sworn to uphold and defend the constitution--our leaders have consistently sought to do "something" to make the United States safe rather than focusing on their sworn duty. We, the citizens, ignore our historic duty and allow and encourage our representatives to behave in this manner. This book calls on the citizens to renew their resolve, demand strategic planning and reverse the national cowardice that has cheapened the sacrifices of the more than 1.5 million Americans (estimated total war dead). In our current course against terror we have acted in the basest of ways, ignoring the sacrifices of our forefathers/mothers and shifting risk from ourselves to our grandchildren, our friends, and those weaker than we.
The following are two fundamental truths about terrorism that are rarely acknowledged. These truths are valid and critically important:
The goal of this book is to change the way you view national risk in general and specifically as it applies to developing a strategy to defeat terror. This will be accomplished by examining the above stated truths in the context of our national might and history, the terrorists’ capabilities and abilities and a historic perspective on the falls of previous super powers empires in an effort to enlighten and challenge your courage.
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