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“A long war of ideological and political attrition”

From Cold War Containment to “A Forward Strategy for Freedom”

Col. Austin Bay, whom I had the pleasure to meet briefly at the MilBlogger Conference this past April, writes that the President made clear at his recent West Point address that he’s working to prepare the nation to carry on the war after he leaves office, something that hasn’t been made very clear very often.

And the President outlined how he thinks it will be accomplished:

Bush believes Muslim nations — and everyone else — can make modernity work. At West Point, Bush dubbed America’s new strategy as “a forward strategy of freedom.” Bush argued American security depends “on the advance of freedom” in other nations and pointed out that “accommodation” in the Middle East “did nothing to make us safe.”

A “forward strategy of freedom” means fostering the development of states where the consent of the governed creates legitimacy and where terrorists are prosecuted, not promoted. Implementing that strategy means nation-building. Since the 2000 presidential campaign, the Bush administration has done a necessary 180 on nation-building. Bush entered office disdaining it. Sept. 11 changed that calculus.

It’s going to be a long hard slog. We won’t know about Iraq until the Iraqis who are young children right now are running their country. If then.


Regarding the “nation building” concept and Bush’s 180-degree turn, I’ll return to something I wrote in April of 2003. I was commenting on some “unanswered questions” asked by Michael Kinsley in a Washington Post op-ed:

“Before Bush begins trying to create a civil society in Iraq, wouldn’t it be nice if he apologized to Bill Clinton and Al Gore for all the nasty, dismissive things he said about “nation-building” in the 2000 campaign?”

It probably would be nice. And if anyone in politics ever did anything for the sake of being nice, Bush might actually do it. Maybe. But in 2000, remember, we were all looking back at Haiti, at Kosovo, and at a humiliating withdrawal from Somalia after many lost the stomach to win. We weren’t looking ahead toward four hijacked airliners and thousands of dead American citizens in September of 2001. President Bush, and the rest of America, has learned some hard lessons in the past year and a half, and our eyes are opened to the possibilities, even the probabilities, of more terror in the years to come. Bush would probably have used different words if he had known then what he knows now. Regardless, the question doesn’t explain anyone’s opposition to the war in Iraq. It’s merely partisan, which is just politics, and petty, which is just pedestrian.

Whenever someone asks why things have changed from the way that they used to be, and the answer “9/11″ is given, a lot of folks just roll their eyes. Sure, 9/11 isn’t the reason for everything. But to pretend that it didn’t change things is ignorant.

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  • Aaron says:

    Bush would probably have used different words if he had known then what he knows now.’ Let me say ‘STFU you a–hole’. He lied us into a war.period. He would not have used different words. The point was to lie us into a war. And this half a-sed excuse of a ‘forward stategy for freedom’ has deligitimized the US and democracy accross the middle east, swelled the ranks of Muslim fundamentalists, and destabilized every single allied country in the region. Its been a disaster. On a par with Hitler’s invading Russia. And this ‘only their children can judge’ well thats just bull- cr-p. Hey, check out vietnam. its coming around. does anyone seriously argue that this legitimated our participation in their civil war? No. its grasping at straws. And whats changed since 9/11? Well lets see, when warned that the US was about to be attacked, decepticon leadership went on vacation. When Katrina hit, decepticon leadership was again on vacation. Our ports are unprotected. our chemical plants are unprotected. Yes 9/11 changed everthing. Republicans have a new excuse for selling out the constitution.

  • ACE says:

    The phrase ‘forward strategy for freedom’ is ‘borrowed’ from Reagan, who used it in 1988: http://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/1997/06/16/back.time/ But, I don’t think RR was thinking ‘nation renovation’ via invasion, occupation, new government, and reconstruction.

  • Murdoc says:

    Uhh, Aaron, you really need to get a clue. The quote you used and went off on a rant about was about nation-building and the fact that he criticized nation-building during the 2000 campaign. It had nothing to do with ‘lying us into a war’, even if one believes that is what he did later. As a bonus, your ‘Its been a disaster. On a par with Hitler’s invading Russia.’ comment on the invasion of Iraq displays either an obvious ignorance of the Nazi invasion of the USSR, and obvious ignorance of the current situation in Iraq, or both. You want to rant? Go ahead and rant. But unless the rant is logical and on-topic and delivered like an adult (whether you are an adult or not) I will delete it. Consider that a warning.

  • dave addison says:

    Murdoc, my god man ‘I heard your heels click together when you delivered that ultimatum to Aaron. By crikey you do have hidden depths. Dave

  • Lucas says:

    Whenever someone asks why things have changed from the way that they used to be, and the answer ’9/11′ is given, a lot of folks just roll their eyes. Sure, 9/11 isn’t the reason for everything. But to pretend that it didn’t change things is ignorant.’ One reason why I roll my eyes is because we lived in the threat of global thermonuclear war for almost 60 years yet our freedoms were never infringed. Two towers fall in New York City and we start blacking out the Bill of Rights one line of text at a time. Slowly, so people don’t notice and complain as much. ‘Terrorism’ and ‘protecting the children’ have been much overused lately to pass on political agendas that would have never been popular or passed before ‘the war on terrorism’. My question is how far does this go? At what point does someone say ‘wait… that’s enough’? People say that you only have to fear if you have something to hide, but when the government is free to define ‘terrorist’ and changes the definition daily then today’s citizen could easily become tomorrow’s terrorist. (Speak publicly against the president? You’re obviously a terrorist… to Guantanamo Bay with you!) I’d like to think I’m just being paranoid and pessimistic. I hope for our future that is all it is…

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