Ability to Wage 'Long War' Is Key To Pentagon Plan

Conventional Tactics De-Emphasized

By Ann Scott Tyson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 4, 2006; Page A01

The Pentagon, readying for what it calls a "long war," yesterday laid out a new 20-year defense strategy that envisions U.S. troops deployed, often clandestinely, in dozens of countries at once to fight terrorism and other nontraditional threats.


And how is this different from our history of small wars, clandestine overthrows of governments, assassinations, death squads, and extirpation of inconvenient indigenous peoples?

In 1964, I was told by a Marine Corps Master Sergeant that up to that time, we had been in 176 shooting wars. I knew then that 9 out of 10 Americans couldn't even name half of the ones in the 20th century -- and there was a lot less 20th century to deal with then.

So we go back to the days of the Death Squads?
(Oh, yeah, I forgot -- Negroponte's back in favor)

I don't want to be naive, but AMERICA, when will you live up to your promises?
When will we be able to be proud -- in a moral sense -- of what our government does?
When will someone in that oval office actually read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence?
When will someone claiming to be Christian actually recoil at the idea of sanctioned murder?
When will someone in authority realize that this sort of vicious power game is EXACTLY what has led to the terrorist attacks -- disenfranchised people with burning anger being led by people we've made rich manipulating them for their OWN vicious power games?

I do hope I live long enough to see that. But I fear that would make me a very very very old man.


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