It’s nice to know that the “results of ethnic cleansing = success!” theme remained on display today:
There have been fewer than 200 attacks a week over the past four months, which Austin described as “phenomenal,” and in the city of Baghdad, there have been fewer than four attacks a day, on average, he said.
Austin said a number that low “would have been unthinkable” several months ago.
It’s nice to know that we are busily planning to fight resource wars:
The [2008 Army Modernization Strategy] document, however, contains no such lofty pretences. It goes on to list as a pre-eminent threat to the security of the US and its allies “population growth – especially in less-developed countries – [which] will expose a resulting ‘youth bulge’.”
This youth bulge, the document goes on to state, will present the US with further “resource competition” in that these expanding populations in the developing world “will consume ever increasing amounts of food, water and energy”.
The document goes on to describe in broad-strokes the manner in which its downsized military might ensure survival of the fittest for the US and its allies in future resource wars for water, food and energy.
As a consequence of identifying growing populations in the developed world as a threat in itself, the strategy document highlights a number of paradigm shifts in the way future wars are to be conducted.
It predicts that “21st Century operations will require soldiers to engage among populations and diverse cultures instead of avoiding them”.
The document reveals that new US tactical doctrine provides a template by which air, naval and field commanders will no longer just secure traditional strategic targets such as airspace, seaports and bridgeheads, but will, of necessity, also deploy and fight amongst and against the target population itself to win wars.
It’s nice to know that the penalties for conscientious objection exceed the penalties for killing Iraqi civilians.
It’s also nice to know that Jesus posits a way out of this.