Daily Kos: How to Win War on Terror

PaulSiegel at Daily Kos has witten on How to Win War on Terror. I am going to try to make this non-combative, because we need as many people as possible trying to win this thing as we can get, and I think that I can bring him around to our side. He’s on the right track, but his information is a little off.

1. ATTACK TERRORISTS – We did this when we went to Afghanistan. But then Bush took his eye off the ball and transferred troops to Iraq. Big mistake. We need to return to Afghanistan to finish the job. We must also attack the terrorists wherever they rear their heads

We never left Afghanistan. We have over 26,000 troops in Afghanistan as of this writing. The media has largely stopped reporting it because the situation is pretty much in hand. The war in Afghanistan has been won, and the goal now is to train and equip the Afghanistan government to handle the remaining terrorists. In addition, Saddam’s harboring of terrorists is impossible to deny at this point.

2. COUNTER JIHADIST PROPAGANDA – The number one source of jihadist propaganda is Saudi Arabia, where many, many jihadists come from. Saudi Arabia establishes in Pakistan and other Muslim countries madrassas that nurture jihadists. We must counteract this. So far we are doing nothing.

The number one source of jihadist propoganda is the western media. By focusing on bombings, insurgent disinformation, wildly speculative eyewitnesses, and outright fabriacations, the western media gives voice to the terrorists while ignoring American successes in an attempt to appear “unbiased”. What are the major victories in Jihadist propoganda? The Koran in the toilet: a newsweek lie. The Haidtha coverup that wasn’t. The American plan to kill the Italian journalist that wasn’t. The jihadists do not have an effective propoganda machine of thier own. We provide them one.

3. KEEP WMD FROM JIHADISTS – Old Soviet scientists, who are unemployed, are susceptible to making deals with jihadists about nuclear weapons. We can stop this. Pakistan has secretly proliferated nuclear weapons among Iran, North Korea and who knows where else. And we call Pakistan an ally! Let’s put this sort of thing to an end

We are keeping the old Soviet Scientists employed. We did stop Pakistan from continuing to propogate weapons by taking Khan off the market. Pakistan is an ally to the extent that they handed Khan over to us. On the other hand, we have people complaing that we did too much to keep WMD out of the hands of terrorists when we invaded Iraq, using the same credible intelligence that Bush 41 and Clinton relied on.

4. EXCHANGE TERROR INFORMATION WITH FRIENDLY NATIONS – Our enemy is global. Our response must be global. We must have a good way of exchanging timely information about terrorists, their plans, their actions and the consequences of their actions. We need to work together with our friends in Europe, Asia, Africa and with our friends in the Middle East. To start with, let’s make more friends

The problem here is defining friendly nations. We don’t hold what little intel that remains secret from our allies because we are stingy. We hold it back because it is very difficult to protect the method that the intel was gained by. We have enough trouble finding the moles and leaks in our own organization. We can’t always rely on allies to do the same. When something is gather by a mole in an organization, revealing to the enemy that we have the information exposes the mole. If we gain it through technical inteligence, revealing to the enemy what we have tells them how to hide that intelligence the next time.

We aren’t secretive because we have some sort of fetish about it, or because we like being mean to other countries, or something like that. We are secretive because we have to be (and they are equally secretive with thier intel.)

5. DISSEMINATE DEMOCRATIC IDEALS WORLDWIDE – Not democracy; this is something that develops within a given society. I’m talking about ideals that may influence people to shoot for a democratic form of government. Start at the UN by getting it to define terrorism, and then outlaw suicide bombing. It’s a tragedy that America is not on the Human Rights group. Let’s get on it and lead the world in defining human rights and let’s organize a democratic caucus in the UN to prevent the spread of bigotry and racism and to spread democratic ideals. Instead of denigrating the UN, let’s make it a platform for discussing freedom, harmony and peace

We do this by removing the enemies of democratic ideals from power where we can. In places that can be influenced non-violently, like Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, we do that. In places where non-violent influence is impossible, like Saddam’s Iraq, we use the military. And as far as the Human Rights group goes, the real tragedy would be America lending credibility through its presence to a committee including China, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia.

6. EXERCISE GOODWILL TO THE POOR AND UNFORTUNATE – We do some of this already. We donate for tsunamis and AIDS eradication. We also offer foreign aid and humanitarian aid. But we must do more. We, in association with other democracies, must do what we can to aid countries in distress. Instead of wasting hundreds of billions of dollars in Iraq, we can accomplish miracles in the lives of the extremely poor. Who would become a jihadist after such compassionate treatment?

There could have been no country more in distress in 2002 than Iraq. Sanctions were killing thousands while Saddam lined the pockets of Kofi Annan and the top of the UN with Oil for Palaces money. Our hundreds of billions in Iraq were not wasted — they were used to create miracles in the lives of the extremely poor.

7. EXEMPLIFY GOOD DEMOCRACY – Bush tells us that we must sacrifice some liberties for security. This is wrong. We must do the opposite. Let’s increase our liberties. Let’s reduce further tensions among races and religions. Let’s stamp out secrecy and torture. Let’s reduce the polarizing divisiveness and seek unity. Let’s show the world how well all people in a great democracy live together in harmony. The best way to convince the world of the superiority of democracy is by example. Let’s be that example

Unity is not democracy. People are going to disagree. The only way to avoid it is to stamp out dissent, which is an anathema to democracy. Both sides are guilty of hurting democratic principles in America. McCain-Feingold, a serious blow to free speech, was bipartisan. While both sides were feeding from the Abramoff trough, Jefferson was stuffing cash in his freezer. The problems in this country reside at the Capitol, not the White House. All of the “bad intelligence” the president got was supposed to be vetted by the Senate Intelligence Committee (which Kerry served on.) War was declared on Iraq not by Bush, but by the very Congressmen who are now lamenting about what a terrible mistake it was to free millions of Iraqis.

Exemplification of good democracy must come from us, the People. We have to stop using our votes to toe a party line and win an election for the election’s sake, and put candidates in office who have the best interest of the country in mind. I haven’t seen a lot of that from the Kos realm, and the only consolation I have is that Markos hasn’t actually managed to win an election with any of his candidates. It isn’t a consolation because I would rather have a Republican in the office; it is consolation because he supported the candidates on the basis of simply winning the election, rather than a coherent philosophy.

Paul has outlined a good list. Fortunately for us, the Bush Administration has been following this plan from the start.

(Via Dean’s World)

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