The Centrist Party – Security

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Honor – Integrity – Strength:

To be a world leader. Or, to be a great and influential country on the world stage…. If in fact it is our goal to be a great country. That means earning the respect of others.

Let’s be clear here. To demand respect is what authoritarians and dictators do. And they want it now! Yet, to earn respect is something that happens over time. That requires building trust and demonstrating that you can be counted on to uphold the principles and values of honor and integrity. Especially if that is how you want others to see you. Or in this case, your country. Our country!

So, to be a beacon of freedom and democracy we must practice and enforce the protection of these ideals at home first. And in the case of a world leader, to practice what we preach in the world community.

National Security

This means many things so let’s try to simplify the picture. Therefore, how we act. What ideals we uphold. How much we can be trusted to uphold those ideals. Those are important factors.

Think about this. Our intelligence community and our military are only a part of our national security system. Further, security includes our State department; ambassadors; our national and international policies. And of course, our intel community that collects information and reports to our leaders.

Think about:

  1. Economic Security
  2. Food  Security
  3. Water Security
  4. Monetary Security
  5. Law, Order, & Justice
    1. Don’t be misled by whiny politicians saying they are ‘law and order’ presidents or politicians. That is a bad argument. Law & order with out justice is authoritarian dictatorship.
  6. Health Security
  7. Military and Intelligence Security

All of the Above

All these things are part of our national security. Therefore we can’t ignore the importance of any part of our security without weakening America. And let’s be clear, ignoring these things, or pretending we are doing something when we are not, makes America a weaker country.

In the past few decades America has lost respect of other countries. Mainly because we did not uphold the principles we say we uphold. We’ve done worse. In recent years we abandoned allies on the battle field. Think about the message that sends to our allies. Don’t worry, you can’t count on America. That is a terrible message to send. And now we are less trusted.

This Creates New Problems

Ten to twenty years ago one might have said we need to amplify the importance of republican democracy. We need our State department embassies to help others understand how great this is. Now, things have changed. These days we need to reprove what America used to say it stood for and show a track record. This won’t be easy. We still live in a less stable country than our history reflected.

Actions have short and long term consequences. A moral, ethical country needs to have a track record of morals and ethics. The stumbling morality of the US over the past few decades have created questions in our allies. Lately they see us as not stumbling, but tripping over ourselves. That’s actually not good for America.

The U.S. Military

Our military is a force for peace and stability to the degree we maintain that goal. Any other view is a misunderstanding of the purpose of our security infrastructure. The U.S. military is a sword, often sheathed, yet at the ready. Our brave men and women who serve to this end need our support.

Keep in mind, the world is more dangerous for many reasons. Partly because we are not paying enough attention to the global system and its dynamics. It seems, the biggest mistakes we have made in the past are apparently due to short term political thinking.

Our security and that of the world are tied together. History tells us Instability elsewhere affects us here at home. Actions have ramifications. We need to understand the cost to benefit ratio in the short and long term. Never forget. Ignoring the long term to favor the moment can be ‘very’ expensive.

Understanding National Security

National security is not just about terrorism. In truth, it is about all the major issue sectors including: Economy, Education, Energy, Environment, Healthcare, and Political Reform. All these things, when manage sensibly, contribute to our national security.

Of course, when we discuss security, we are usually talking about our military capability and current threat assessments as well as trends. reports such as the Quadrennial Defense Review produced by the Pentagon round out all the relevant confluence issues:

Speaking of Economic Security

Economic risks are many. Economic security is understood to come from stability. And yet greater stability is always under threat of forces that introduce instability.

Protecting the Nation

The threat of global terrorism, the situation in Iraq and Iran have been at the forefront of the media of late. But other national security issues exist and we must continue to pay attention. Brinkmanship around the world is expected. Keeping the balance of power in line with the composition of wisdom in a fast changing world requires strength, courage and finesse.

At the same time, global warming has entered the field of national security as a factor. As regions become challenged by food and water shortages, we can expect a rise in regional conflicts that could have international ramifications. This also brings the issue of immigration to the forefront as countries may have more and more reason to secure their own borders.

Threat Assessment and Politics

We need to be wary of how politicians might influence policy to favor a political view or public perception. The main goal of intelligence is accuracy and relevance. Anything else reduces our ability to see reality clearly in order to formulate good short and long term policy.

As an example of how politicians can manipulate what you see let us examine how the recent Bush administration adjusted how numbers were reported making things look less threatening. This may have been an attempt to show the public that things were better than a more accurate assessment would indicate:

As of 2004/5 the measurement of Terrorism Incidents was redefined.

From: “Total International Terrorist Attacks”

To: “Total Significant International Terrorist Attacks”

This lowered the reported number of incidents reported.

The George W. Bush administration reported:

Total Significant International Terrorist Attacks (2004)

  • 651 Incidents (Attacks)
  • 1,907 Dead

Here is the data in standard format:

Total (2004) – including all data that was not categorized as significant:

  • 31,70 Incidents (Attacks)
  • 7,690 Fatalities
  • 18,835 Injuries
  • 6,086 Hostages
  • 32,611 Victims

New data can be found at the Worldwide Incidents Tracking System web site:

Examining the Wisdom

It is reasonable to assume that we can not spend $300 billion, or a trillion, dollars every time terrorists spend $500k on an attack. We will have to work smarter than that.

The link below at the U. S. National Counterterrorism Center shows “Total International Terrorist Attacks”.

Communication is Key

Addressing current and developing threats and considering our intel strength as well as our ability to communicate our proper intentions to people around the world is primary.

Actions speak louder than words. Our actions should match our intended message. Justice and peace should be paramount. Peace for all peoples in all nations, as this is now what is required in order to enhance and protect the national security of America.

For those that would do harm to freedom and individual human rights, we must continue to protect against. The balance of power has never been easy or perfect. Keeping human rights at the forefront of our argument can keep the focus on the prize, that justice may bring greater peace to all nations and significantly enhance national security.

Orientation to current and future needs is required to maintain relevant policy.

Current Considerations

Addressing the situation at hand: While all nations work to gain position to strengthen their own economy and security, we must consider policies that have caused rifts that reduce our own ability to maintain strength.

Ask any general or admiral: Having the most powerful military is not the best advantage when you get boots on the ground, if the people of the nation you are in do not support the effort. This is why we hear so much about hearts and minds. In all cases, for those that support democracy and individual human rights, we should do our utmost to achieve such ends.

The fight is on two fronts. One is to address the immediate threat of terrorism. The second is the means and methods that can lead to alleviating the stressors that cause terrorism and dictatorships. These two paths must be walked with reason and consideration to achieve the goal of greater peace.

Common sense may not seem to exist everywhere, but in our nation and in the world we must continue to raise it to a level where reason becomes a part of our daily lives. We must also realize that what is common sense in America is not the same as common sense elsewhere in the world. If you lived in a nation where militias rule the day your common sense would shift to primary needs. This must be a part of our consideration if we are to address long term solutions.

Future Considerations

Building the bridges of communication necessary to alleviate the stressors that exist between peoples, cultures, regions and nations in order to reduce the likelihood of conflict; Promote that which we, as a people, have in common around the world; examine our own perspectives and recognize needs to be addressed that are key to bringing people together rather than furthering the rift between peoples and nations.

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