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Guest Post: A Roadmap For American Grand Strategy Part 2 (Of 3)

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Submitted by William C. Martel of TheDiplomat.com,

(Please see Part I of our three part series on American Grand Strategy: America's Dangerous Drift.)

Part Two: The United States desperately needs to formulate a grand strategy that reinforces the domestic foundations of American power while providing strategic guidance and direction to the nation’s actions in foreign policy. America must adapt with new ideas, tools and innovations if it is going to meet the opportunities and challenges of a rapidly changing world. To be successful, this strategy must embrace several overarching themes. 

First, the United States must remain committed to playing a leadership role. While a deep and painful economic downturn followed by a slow recovery has dimmed the American public’s interest in global leadership, the costs of inaction are simply too great to contemplate. America has led in building the global order that we see today, but the image of a world without strong American engagement is equally dismal and potentially catastrophic.

Consider the chaos enveloping Libya, Egypt, and Syria. Or, consider Iran’s nuclear ambitions, North Korea’s ballistic missile tests, or the pressure on states in Eurasia as Russia and China become increasingly assertive. The list of foreign policy problems calling for American leadership is long and growing ever longer. 

Americans, however, have good reason to be tired of carrying the mantle of global leadership. Peoples around the world continue to benefit from the public goods that America contributes in countless ways. Now, the nation has arrived at a crossroads where America must engage others in the task of leadership. From global terrorism to climate change, the world’s problems are too great for America to confront alone.

As rising nations gain regional and global influence, the international community must ask more from them. America must engage growing powers such as China to take on increased global responsibility. Worryingly, there is a long list of cases in which the United States has drifted without a grand strategy. But a grand strategy is precisely what America needs if its foreign policy is to provide clear direction and exercise leadership.

Second, American grand strategy must promote a positive, hopeful, and optimistic vision for the world that it seeks to build. It cannot rest simply on what the nation wants to prevent, such as proliferation or genocide or extremism, which invoke reaction and crisis management. Instead, Americans must focus on ‘achieving.’ For too long, U.S. policy has emphasized preventing or responding to such problems as extremism, proliferation, and roguish behavior. We must return to the time in America’s history when the nation sought to achieve peace and prosperity, democracy and free markets, shared responsibility among nations, and the will to tackle pressing problems.

As with earlier eras, the United States has not been and cannot credibly be a proponent of radical change or policies that seek to redefine the international order. Even in the face of a monolithic ideological adversary during the Cold War, Washington was the defender of the status quo values based on democracy, freedom and prosperity. In effect, grand strategy should call for more than solving problems; it must advance an agenda that builds peace and security.

This logic holds today. American grand strategy must promote a world in which states are permitted and encouraged to pursue peace and prosperity. As the hallmark of such an era, Washington’s grand strategy must be governed by both moderation and balance.

Third, a grand strategy will be effective only if it commands broad and unequivocal support from the American public and their policymakers. The vision for foreign policy must reflect the society’s essential values – its political culture and national identity. Beyond the overall lack of vision, the single greatest weakness of American grand strategy in 2013 is the strident and destructive tone of partisanship that envelops its domestic and foreign policies. Simply put, a politically divided or ideologically polarized America cannot provide a positive vision for leadership.

Fourth, the nation is long past the age when American grand strategy can pursue “cookie-cutter” or “school solutions” to challenges. What I am proposing is the hardly radical but often overlooked principle that American grand strategy should be, above all else, agile and flexible as it responds to the demands of the American people and the challenges of a rapidly evolving world. America desperately needs principles that help policymakers adapt policies to fit widely varying challenges – in effect, to move beyond the same old, tired solutions to new problems.

Until the present economic downturn, the United States unquestionably had – and ultimately still has – far greater economic strength than its nearest competitors combined. But this state of affairs is at risk. About the constantly escalating fiscal cliff crisis, as Fareed Zakaria recently warned, “looming past the cliff, however, is a deep chasm that poses a much greater challenge — the retooling of the country's economy, society, and government necessary for the United States to perform effectively in the twenty-first century.”

If Washington continues to grossly mismanage the U.S. economy and produce annual trillion dollar deficits, the inevitable consequence will be to diminish American economic power. If this trend continues, the American people must contemplate living in a radically different, and for many, a dangerously unfamiliar one.

In this climate, Washington needs a more agile grand strategy, which rebuilds the domestic foundations of the nation’s power, while actively confronting forces, both foreign and domestic, that weaken international peace and security. The United States must also commit itself to building a world in which other states contribute to regional leadership, while working collaboratively toward common goals.

These principles of reinforcing the domestic foundations of power, exercising strong leadership, and practicing greater collaboration often exist in tension. However, it is vital for the nation to develop a framework that guides how it deals with competing challenges at home and abroad. Neither the public nor their policymakers should assume that America’s supposed preeminence will exist in perpetuity. In the end, the United States needs a strategy that encourages positive American leadership and global security, while balancing the need for all states to work together to rebuild and reinforce the foundations of peace, security, and prosperity. It did so before, and can do so again.

CENTRAL PRINCIPLES OF AMERICAN GRAND STRATEGY

Principle 1:  Reinforce domestic foundations of American national power

Just as U.S. grand strategy needs to look outward, it also must look inward to address the problems facing American society. For too long, scholars and policymakers preoccupied themselves with the foreign policy and national security elements of grand strategy. Sadly, most current thinking about foreign policy operates almost exclusively through the lens of security and military affairs.

However, at this moment the “grand strategy imperative” calls for policymakers to define America’s roles and responsibilities in a less hegemonic and, perhaps more humble, demeanor. To reinforce American leadership abroad, the United States must demonstrate that its grand strategy is as much about devoting attention and resources to reinforcing the domestic foundations of power as it is about conducting foreign policy. Unfortunately, modern policymakers often forget this most basic of principles.

Policymakers and scholars must remember that grand strategy embraces vastly more than foreign policy. American influence derives precisely from the free-market economic underpinnings that give the nation such immense influence – often permitting it to marshal tremendous power when it is necessary to do so. If America is to remain a global leader, as many Americans believe it should, then it must recommit itself first to reinforcing the domestic foundations of America’s national power. To express this another way: When the nation ignores the domestic foundations of power, it will court disasters, often unfolding in slow motion, as the will of American society lags behind its commitments.

With global powers standing in ruins after World War II, the United States used its national power as a leading actor on an unprecedented scale to rebuild many of its closest allies today. Throughout the 20th century, America also built its own world-class infrastructure – a national network of industries, roads, bridges, schools, electric power grids, and energy infrastructure.

Without that investment and the national consensus it symbolized, the United States could not have been such an effective force on the world stage. Infrastructure is as an important instrument of American national power for competing economically as are armies, navies, and air forces for defending its interests.

Nor can policymakers and scholars forget the critical role of education, health care, and social safety systems for ensuring broad opportunities for all Americans. U.S. grand strategy cannot be effective until we restore the infrastructure and social safety nets that assure all Americans of the opportunity to compete and succeed. America's global role derives from the strength of its people, its ability to be innovative, and the entrepreneurial spirit that Americans harness to solve the most daunting challenges.

This, however, is not a prescription for throwing “more money than god” at problems. Simply spending money is unlikely to reinforce the foundations of American power. For that, the nation needs a political consensus, largely absent from the national debate, and resources. It is time to rebuild the American spirit of innovation, hard work, ingenuity, and collective action.

Such considerations, while often subordinated or ignored altogether in the national debate, are as central to foreign policy as just about everything else we do. These ideas, however, seem always to fall by the wayside as debates about foreign policy and national security compete for policymakers’ time and attention.

For the public, the daily onslaught of media reports – Iran, Egypt, North Korea, Russia, China, European Union, energy, or the crisis of the moment – shift vital attention away from the domestic sources of power that define American influence and are central to its grand strategy. Rebuilding the national foundations of American power, on which grand strategy rests, is essential to dealing with a world whose innumerable risks and opportunities demand American leadership.

To be direct, emphasizing the domestic foundations of power is not a call for the United States to withdraw from the world or see its leadership decline. It is a call for realigning the nation’s grand strategy. With this realignment, American policymakers and the public once again can, strategically and effectively, rebalance how the nation allocates resources to meet the demands imposed by foreign and domestic challenges and opportunities.

This is the right time, as friends and allies urge the United States to maintain an active leadership role, for the American people and their policymakers to realign the nation’s policies.

Principle 2: Reinforce American leadership to restrain sources of disorder

The sense of drift in American foreign policy relates directly to the failure to define a grand strategy for the nation. As I discussed last week (see part I), this is occurring precisely at the moment when the world faces increasingly dangerous sources of disorder. The rise of great powers, middle powers, authoritarianism, and unexpected sources of disorder undermine the peaceful and secure world that the United States historically seeks to build. These sources of disorder pose a direct challenge to American leadership.

Building on the first principle, we must think of defining American grand strategy in terms of actively restraining the forces, actions, and ideas that contribute to instability, insecurity, and chaos. Since the world remains a dangerous and unpredictable, it is strategically necessary for the United States to remain engaged – to lead on occasion, so to speak, “from the front.”

This principle of American grand strategy must rest on more than simple rhetoric. Its purpose should be to make the world safer, more prosperous, secure, and free. Washington must exude a sense of strength and purpose. By ‘strength,’ I do not mean in the classic military sense, but strength in using all of the nation’s tools – political, economic and diplomatic – to help build a better world. For its grand strategy to succeed, the United States must demonstrate in word and deed a sense of vision as well as the judgment and power to use its strength to promote a just and peaceful world.

Simply put, America needs to stand for and defend principles that promote human rights and dignity, equality for all peoples – men and women – freedom of expression, free enterprise, and fair elections. These values are consistent with the historical principles of American foreign policy that existed well before the Cold War and will endure well beyond this and subsequent generations.

This principle of America’s leadership role emphasizes how essential it is to discourage states or actors from taking actions that harm the interests of the United States or other free societies. In promoting these values, American grand strategy has many tools at its disposal. It can withhold political or economic support from, use military power against, or build alliances to confront, actors whose behaviors undermine peace, security, and prosperity.

Principle 3: Reinforce alliances and partnerships

For political and economic reasons, this is precisely the moment when the United States faces a new imperative in its grand strategy. Its challenge is to formulate a grand strategy that reinforces America’s influence and ability to exercise a leadership role, but without going so far in the opposite direction that the nation effectively disengages from the world – or creates the impression that it is doing so. If it creates a leadership vacuum, the United States will face all manner of risks, challenges, and truly bad outcomes.

While some believe that the United States is in decline and must scale back its involvement, my own view is that an enduring element of American grand strategy must be to reinforce the role of alliances and partnerships. This powerful and enduringly positive principle should be central to and wholly enshrined in every facet of the nation’s grand strategy.

In practice, Washington’s credibility and influence increase when it willingly demonstrates its support and encouragement for other states to exercise leadership. Washington only gains when it shows greater support for multilateralism. It must learn to use existing international institutions, while building new ones, as part of its strategy for promoting states and actors to work together to restrain the dangers to international security.

One corollary to the principle of greater multilateralism in American grand strategy is that Washington should no longer view challenges as essentially “American problems.” The new lens through which to view American grand strategy is to strengthen alliances and partnerships so that more nations, and not just the United States, work to solve the world’s greatest problems.

We all know, if occasionally ignore, that American power is limited. Policymakers in Washington will learn that they can accomplish vastly more once they enshrine American grand strategy with the value of collaborating with states and institutions who share a commitment to building a peaceful, stable, and secure world.

Whether diminishing nuclear proliferation, preventing genocide, providing humanitarian assistance, restraining extremism, or confronting economic policies that threaten the global economy, the United States and its allies will be better able to build a more secure and prosperous world when they work together.

Policymakers and the public should not forget the eminently practical and straightforward reason for building stronger alliances and partnerships. In practice, it is no longer necessary or appropriate for Washington’s grand strategy to rely on diplomatic domination or playing the role of referee of last resort.

In reality, the United States cannot afford to exempt itself from global leadership. The time has come, despite being mired in an anemic and slow recovery from the "Great Recession," for the United States to exercise greater world leadership. This is crucial when one looks at the challenges posed by China, Russia, Iran, Syria, North Korea, and Venezuela – and increasingly Egypt in the highly unstable Middle East.

However, the counterpoint to this principle of leadership is eminently practical: the United States does not have unlimited power – it cannot do everything, everywhere, all of the time, for the rest of the world. Attempts to “do everything” only further erode the American public’s support, as the public asks why the nation is carrying the burden while other states apparently get a “free ride.”

The two extremes – where America engages less, as expressed by “leading from behind,” or where America takes the lead on all issues – are equally unacceptable and impractical. This is the precisely right time, after nearly seven decades, for America to reinforce its alliances and partnerships – new and old – so that other states and institutions can rise to the occasion to share the responsibility and burden of leadership. The United States rebuilt states and regions after World War II and has protected them for fifty years, now is the time for those states to join in efforts to resolve global problems.

The practical challenge for U.S. grand strategy is how to balance working in concert with others in the international community, while keeping one’s options open in those crucial moments when the United States might decide that it is necessary to act alone.

Grand strategy, if it is to be effective, must use principles such as these to help build a world in which states are permitted and encouraged to pursue peace and prosperity.

Toward Building Peace and Security

Ultimately, the central question is toward what ends should the United States rebuild the domestic foundations of its power, exercise stronger leadership, and collaborate with alliances and partnerships? Put another way, what is the fundamental goal for American grand strategy?

When reflecting on American history, my strongest inclination is that the primary goals of American foreign policy are and always have been to build peace and security. Such a world is the greatest legacy that the United States can aspire to achieve.

This logic holds today. For now, however, the nation does not have the resources or domestic support to build democracy and freedom in other nations. This is especially true as America pivots away from entanglements and nation building episodes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Since World War II, America has taken the lead in creating a more peaceful world order. One reason is selfish: a peaceful international system, which keeps threats and sources of disorder to a minimum, permits the United States to pursue its vital national interest in seeing democracies grow, prosper, and build a vibrant global order.

Let us remember the world that FDR envisioned when he outlined his iconic four freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. In declaring freedom from fear to be a human right, FDR positioned the United States to lead in efforts to reduce armaments and dissuade aggressive nations from threatening and bringing harm to peaceful states.

American political and economic power and diplomatic and military might are essential instruments in building the peace and security that must prevail if Americans and all states are to strive to live in a world, as FDR envisioned, free from fear.

These principles of grand strategy are designed to build such a world.

 

 

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Tue, 03/05/2013 - 22:24 | 3303385 Bicycle Repairman
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What?  LOL.  What?

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 22:42 | 3303433 SafelyGraze
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first line was missing the obligatory "my fellow americans"

last line was missing the obligatory "endeavor to persevere"

 

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 22:49 | 3303461 AlaricBalth
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Dr. William C. Martel
Martel was the Director and Founder of the Center for Strategy and Technology from 1993–99, and Associate Professor of International Relations at the Air War College during the same years. From 1999–2005 he was Professor of National Security Affairs, and Chair of Space Technology and Policy Studies, at the Naval War College.

He has served on the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (2001–02), and is a Member of the Editorial Board of the Naval War College Review.[1] He has also been the principal investigator on space policy study with research support from MIT Lincoln Laboratory and the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 22:53 | 3303476 Ima anal sphincter
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One word sums this up.

TRAITOR!!

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 01:46 | 3303830 TwoShortPlanks
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Grand Strategy. Complete and utter waste of time when you were fucked over 10 years ago.

Safe havens in order of priority:
1. Gold
2. Shit loads of Gold
3. Fucking shit loads of Gold

Otherwise you're mega screwed....in America, in Europe, and even in China.

The whole producer-consumer-finance mechanism is grinding to a much lower output level. Wages are dropping, job hours are dropping, disposable income is dropping, get the picture?

If you don't believe me, then answer me this; why is the Global Retail & Service Industry in Perma-Sale mode???

As for that fucking article I fell asleep while trying to read: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoY0Qa0zU0A

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 02:00 | 3303863 Manthong
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“freedom of expression, free enterprise, and fair elections.’.. freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.”

WTF?

Geez, we’ve been warning you NOT to take the brown acid.

http://www.hark.com/clips/ygmhswwswk-brown-acid-warning

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 16:27 | 3305943 MagicHandPuppet
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What kind of statist propaganda mumbo jumbo is this article?  What was this cub scout smoking?

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 05:00 | 3304046 Rogue Trooper
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Brother I hear ya...

This has the DEATH SMELL OF A WANNABE KISSENGER

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 04:51 | 3304042 Rogue Trooper
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This must be fuckin' sarcasm..... did any if the Tyler(s) read this tripe or have they embraced 'consensus based posting' incorporating some affirmative action new poster policy for the retards out there... WTF

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 10:10 | 3304466 thewhitelion
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I stopped at

"First, the United States must remain committed to playing a leadership role"

Really?

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 10:47 | 3304576 swiss chick
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Yeah why, they really suck at it...

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 05:25 | 3304056 Anasteus
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If we have a look at The Diplomat magazine and it's notable contributors we'll find names like Aaron Friedberg, Michèle Flournoy, Joshua Kurlantzick, and even Zbigniew Brzezinski. The magazine has, through its contributors, apparent connection to the Council on Foreign Relations agenda with the following relationship dependency. As we know, the Council on Foreign Relations follows the similar agenda as the Bilderberg Group and the Trilateral Commission. In fact, the magazine disseminates the new world order propaganda.

You should verify and think twice before publishing, Tyler. Articles like these just undermine the high ranking Zero Hedge still enjoys.

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 09:00 | 3304254 Sean7k
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One, it is important to hear and understand the enemy. The Tylers are doing us a service. "If you know yourself and your enemy, in a hundred battles, you will never lose.

We cannot combat the NWO through ignorance. While this neocon garbage is hard to take, it is an insight on where they wish to go and how they plan to get there.

Is anyone here fooled? Have you read the comments? I have had people like this for professors, they are the true believers- not the real power behind the system. How many US flags do you see flying upside down? This is the gist of the war we find ourselves in.

Academia, Media, Hollywood, Rand, Tavistock, Aspen Institute, Banker round tables, Davos, Darpa, the list of groups diligently working to enslave the world at the behest of the Rothschilds is magalithic. 

Our greatest power lies in our desire to be free, prosper and TO WHOM WE GIVE ACCEPTANCE. As a society, they cannot rule without US. The level of understanding here has grown exponentially. Now, it needs to expand to the general population. Who are you educating and mentoring in the fruits of liberty?

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 11:06 | 3304475 Anasteus
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The problem is that the article is not articulated as being a source of 'understanding the enemy'. I couldn't find any introductory explanatory remarks or questioning critical notes in the text supporting this view, which ZH often (and perhaps always) does in such cases. The text has been replaced as is and I find quite difficult to identify the purpose of publishing the article this way.

Yes, I've read the comments and I'm certainly not the only one being confused. That's perhaps the reason the article overall got the minimum rating.

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 11:52 | 3304869 Sean7k
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I would suggest we have to think for ourselves. If ZH is telling us what to think, then how are they any different from any other fascist? 

As for the confusion, that is the point of my comment. There is an advantage to be gained by learning about the enemy. It is one thing to identify, it is a whole other to see where they are preparing the next battlefield. These articles are signposts along the way and a method of gauging popular perceptions in support of these same ideas. 

The Elites do not need to be advised by academics- they dictate to them. This is for the general population. 

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 13:35 | 3305186 Anasteus
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Sean, I've got no problem to think for myself nor do I expect ZH telling me what to think. I've got many opportunities to be trained/gained by recognizing hidden strategies elsewhere by reading/watching mainstream crony media all the way round. But when I'm here I expect articles providing us with further insight (which, to be honest, is very often the case here) and not to be hammered by yet another carbon copy of a political gutter press markedly resembling the quality of Marx's communist manifest.

The whole thing could have been easily accomplished by prefixing the article 'Wednesday Humor', 'Gloomy Wednesday' or something, and it would have immediately gained 5 stars.

I'm already all keen on reading the third part :-)

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 22:46 | 3303452 Scro
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Way too many words.

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 01:10 | 3303808 prains
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and not enough pictures of crickets

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 02:23 | 3303906 Anusocracy
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Is this some sort of chronologically misplaced April Fool's Day shit?

This guy is just another in a long line of world-fixing idiots that end up causing millions of deaths.

Hey W. Martel, here's how to fix the world: get rid of the militaries in every country. Then work on getting rid of all governments.

After all, government is the number one killer and nobody but a psychopath would want that. Right?

 

 

 

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 23:24 | 3303586 Radical Marijuana
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Yeah, the crap in this line of articles is unrepairable, since it foundation assumptions are ridiculous, and its wheels already fell off ...

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 22:31 | 3303387 akak
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Blah blah blah blah "US leadership" blah blah blah blah "must remain engaged worldwide" blah blah blah blah blah "confront terrorism" blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah "a positive vision for leadership" blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah foreign interventionism, ad infinitum, ad nauseum, blah blah blah blah blah blah.

Welcome to the Project For A New American Century, lite.

"All the militarism and imperialism with only half the calories!"

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 22:38 | 3303423 Kitler
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Brilliant synopsis.

Not one single blahs too many.

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 06:06 | 3304076 Cheduba
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Agreed - I don't see how we can have a "grand strategy" when we're already so heavily involved around the globe.  Let's see here, we are adding more troops to South America, NATO is still around for Europe, the Middle East wars are still going strong, we're dropping forces in Australia and shifting our main forces to Asia in order to try and "contain" China, begininning the invasion of Africa...

It's not like the good old days when you only had one or two enemies to demonize.  When you're an empire, everyone starts looking like an enemy.

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 22:29 | 3303399 TBT or not TBT
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The thing concludes with a quote from frickin' FDR about freedom from want.     That kind of talk is how we got here.

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 22:33 | 3303411 Ima anal sphincter
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Three paragraphs in. Total BS. Who writes this shit? Actually the question is..... who reads it, and "believes" it?

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 23:27 | 3303524 fudge
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In addition to the info supplied by AlaricBalth for you above , see this page for the ' who reads this ' part of your question,go to the 'Prominent Alumni'

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fletcher_School

as for the believing of it ...

ETA. Dr Martel is an Associate Professor of International Security Studies at The Fletcher School ,so that would have him lecturing to young Americans. That's something for you to think about then?

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Waiting for part 3

Thanks Tylers

 

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 05:02 | 3304048 Rogue Trooper
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DRONE those fuckers..... 

Thu, 03/07/2013 - 00:22 | 3307670 monad
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2nd of 3 pieces in favor of home schooling

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 07:30 | 3304151 AnAnonymous
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'Americans' mostly.

Even though 'americans ' do not believe.

'Americans' usually weigh in the strength they feel in the propaganda/fantasy and the potential of it to congregate people around so that defending the 'american' propaganda can become the reason to be of the congregated group.

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 22:34 | 3303413 A Lunatic
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Submit your shit to Rand.......

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 22:34 | 3303415 Rusty Diggins
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I assume this series of articles is merely an exercise in compare and contrast?

 

Good policy V. bad policy?

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 22:57 | 3303482 Kitler
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More like an exercise in inducing nausea amongst those reading it. If detainees at Gauntanimo were forceably read this tripe it could possibly constitute torture.

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 23:17 | 3303562 Rusty Diggins
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In reading this it reminds me of some of the lord fauntleroys that come up with this stuff.  They do not see the actions of their paymasters as in anyway corrupt, mischevious or deviant.  Many of these people will happily toil a lifetime creating the golden shackles that will embrace themselves and their children and their childrens children.  A large blind spot in an otherwise (as determined during their whelping in the university) sterling intellect.  (sarc, I think)

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 23:45 | 3303650 fudge
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                   (sarc, I think)

If you delete this ^^ bit you've provided excellent commentary.Thing to remember is that it's not just in the US that academics perform these tasks.

 

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 07:46 | 3304161 Henry Chinaski
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Articles like this are gospel for managers of the military industrial complex.  They believe this stuff heart and soul and are conviced that it is the way to make the world a better place.

To me it reads like a long string of oxymorons.  Washington promoting peace, prosperity, cooperation, stablity, blah, blah...  Exchange the word Washington/USA for "Global Dictator" and it makes more sense.  Most of the strategy initiatives in the article have been used by dictators throughout history and for the same reasons.

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 22:34 | 3303416 Room 101
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I was honored to be the first to vote this less than a piece of shit article a 1.  Too bad negative numbers aren't an option.

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 22:49 | 3303456 Kitler
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6 votes and it's still averaging 1.

It's truly an awful piece of work. I don't even want the drugs he must have been on.

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 22:36 | 3303418 snblitz
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A better Grand Strategy (part 2 of 3):

  •     Close down most Federal level alphabet agencies
  •     Return responsibilities to the States
  •     Fund private sector annuities for SS recipients
  •     Get government out of SS
  •     Close all overseas military bases not on US soil
  •     Eliminate the income tax
  •     Fund remaining Fed at less than 10% of GDP (preferably 3%)
  •     Perhaps national consumption tax.
  •     The House can implement all this itself, Senate and Executive sign off not required
  •     Do it next Monday

(psst,  its the same as part 1)

 

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 22:57 | 3303488 Ima anal sphincter
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....and somebody actually down voted you on this??????

Why wait tell Monday? Thursday sounds good.

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 23:09 | 3303515 slightlyskeptical
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  •     Close down most Federal level alphabet agencies
  •     Return responsibilities to the States
  •     Have SS fund the primary mortgage market - private companies will steal it
  •     Close all overseas military bases not on US soil
  •     Eliminate the income tax     
  •     Fund remaining Fed at less than 10% of GDP (preferably 3%)
  •     Eliminate income tax
  •     The House can implement all this itself, Senate and Executive sign off not required
  •     Do it Today

Add : Eliminate debt based money and fractional reserve banking and let government fund itself through printing. Allows everyone to keep what they earn and if you limit printing increases to 3% annually (taxes pay for excess) it won't be inflationary if fractional bankjng is eliminated. Slow steady growth with no bubbles should be the aim.

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 22:45 | 3303439 Tom Green Swedish
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Who even gives a shit anymore.

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 22:45 | 3303440 faustian bargain
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Tl;dr.

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 22:48 | 3303457 TooBearish
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Tyler- Really? comon...this shit sucks

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 01:12 | 3303810 prains
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MillionDollarBlowChunks is now "righting" articles ??

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 22:49 | 3303465 Spastica Rex
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Troll article is obvious.

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 22:57 | 3303486 Vidar
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The only "leadership" needed is to lead by example. Get rid of the Fed, the military-national security complex, and all the federal laws; return to a society in which everyone is allowed to do as they please (personally and economically) and everyone must stand or fall by their own effort. Then America would be a beacon to the world, the best and brightest would flock to its shores, and prosperity would quickly return. As long as we have welfare/warfare and the nanny state, the decline will continue.

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 05:11 | 3304051 Rogue Trooper
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It's An "Extraordinary Circumstance" And This Drone's Coming For You.

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 23:05 | 3303514 tony bonn
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william martel is channeling norman podhoretz channeling george bush channeling adolph hitler....

william - go fuck yourself....

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 23:07 | 3303516 Max Power
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We now know milliondollarbonus' real identity.

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 23:09 | 3303528 Mr. Hudson
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Israel wouldn't allow Americans to implement this strategy for one minute. Our politicians must continue to do exactly what Israel tells them to do; even if it is giving donkeys oral sex.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/02/11/snl-lands-in-hot-water-...

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 23:11 | 3303538 IridiumRebel
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Blah Blah Blah.....THEY WANT FAILURE. THEY WANT CONTROL.

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 23:27 | 3303596 ramacers
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no diss intended, but where is the gray matter for this gonna come from? go to a mall, checkout the street, visit a public school, etc. sorry, it's over.

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 23:30 | 3303602 bilejones
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"First, the United States must remain committed to playing a leadership role. While a deep and painful economic downturn followed by a slow recovery has dimmed the American public’s interest in global leadership, the costs of inaction are simply too great to contemplate. America has led in building the global order that we see today, but the image of a world without strong American engagement is equally dismal and potentially catastrophic."

 

More barking-mad neocon lunacy.

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 23:37 | 3303629 GMadScientist
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Bloviate v speaking for as long as an occasion warrants, while saying nothing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZkjo3mNmsA

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 23:42 | 3303644 Bárðarbunga
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Can't wait for part three to vote it a number one. I swear, this series is the worst shit I've read on ZeroHedge since I "joined up".

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 00:05 | 3303704 TimmyM
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Leadership=telling other people what to do=being a bully
You suck
Try freedom for a change.

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 00:08 | 3303710 Dead Canary
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I am pro good things, and anti bad things.

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 13:15 | 3305210 Mr. Hudson
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That will go viral. Great reply to people who ask "Are you pro-Israel?"

Response: "I'm pro-good things, and anti-bad things!" I love it!!!!!!!

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 00:21 | 3303744 ebworthen
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Grand Plan:

  1. Restore the rule of law and sound money.
  2. Get out of any foreign country in all ways, no troops, no money.
  3. Invest in infrastructure; technical schools, sewer pipes, roads, bridges, three R's and not indoctrination.
  4. Allow any and all citizens to buy and openly carry fully automatic weapons available to SWAT and the military.  You don't need the police if the populace police themselves.
  5. End the FED.  No FED.  No I.R.S.  No Income tax. 
  6. Enforce immigration laws and watch people get to work.
  7. Force banks to require 20% down on any loan, hold the loan for life, and end all deriviatives and speculation of any kind.
  8. Term limits, two terms and done for life with no retirement, healthcare, or security for any public official.
  9. Eliminate the Department of:  Education, Environment, Labor, Transportation.  To start.  Let the States do it.
  10. Outlaw advertising for:  anything that is required by law , insurance of any kind, any form of banking, any medication that requires a prescription, any and all campaing and political ads (and no PACS or adverts for anything involving a vote).
  11. Reverse Supine Court decisions making eminent domain legal to increase tax revenues and deeming corporations "individuals".  Better yet, rake the court clean and start from scratch.

I can deram, can't I?

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 01:14 | 3303814 Race Car Driver
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> I can deram, can't I?

 

Yeah, but be careful ... it's been classified as a mental disorder in the DSM-5 and a diagnosis may cost you quite a few more Obamacare bucks. Neverevenmind the meds.

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 00:24 | 3303747 malek
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I'm starting to get the feeling the propagandist is proofing his bullshit in ZH - so he learns what possible objections / complaints rise up, and is prepared to respond to them (in a baffle them with even more bullshit way)

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 01:00 | 3303800 q99x2
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Now now commentors. People from all planets in the Universe have an equal opportunity to post on ZH. This one is a bit disconnected though.

Crab Nebula maybe?

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 01:02 | 3303804 Diogenes
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What a bunch of damn bullshit. What is it doing here? Did Zero Hedge just jump the shark?

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 02:45 | 3303924 lasvegaspersona
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America's Grand Strategy should have started 40+ years aog...avoid the Vietnam war...and moving on from there....stop abusing the priveleges of the exorbitant privelege...

In the past 3 to 5 years most here became aware of grave fundamental problems with the monetary policies and finances of the USA. Those issues have all grown more serious and are being ignored by the leadership of the country even as economic leaders shout 'danger! Now comes this guy with a message that 6 years ago would have been quaint. I suggest he begin where I did with Aftershock by the Weidemers and progress from there. After that if he can resolve the issues from that book and the other conflicts he discovered as he continued his education ....well then his stuff might be worth the read....until then I'll file it under 'historical fiction'.

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 02:36 | 3303926 ebworthen
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Honestly, there is no political fix for this Ponzi we call the U.S.A.

No amount of voting or giving money to someone or something, no initiatives or campaings will fix this broken wagon.

Blood in the streets and complete collapse is the only hope.  The populace is too far down the path of delusion, and the leadership either part of the delusion or not caring that Rome burns as they play the fiddle.

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 02:41 | 3303935 jonjon831983
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Grand strategy of America... same as before: Team America World Police.

Remain as the "city upon the hill", the beacon of light that all look up to... but then of course to keep that you must crush all competitors.

 

Consider perhaps the chaos that grows could either be beneficial for the US in terms of keeping the problems and destabilization "over there" instead of at home OR the chaos is a sign that the US is losing its grip as once "stable" allies and geographical chokepoints are being successively being knocked off and up for grabs to the highest bidder.  One example in this view could be Egypt and Mubarak's removal, the next move to maintain a secure hold on Egypt is to keep hooks in the new leadership group (Muslim Brotherhood).

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 02:44 | 3303941 faustian bargain
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Grand strategy

Rise up
Kill all political class
Mad Max for a few years
Local governments coalesce
Redraw maps
New Articles of Confederation
Prosper until some asshole screws it up again

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 02:57 | 3303954 dunce
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Our grand strategy should be isolationism for a few years, with draw all our overseas military and watch the chaos. The arab spring is just the opening number. The rest of the world would not band together against us, they would be at each others throats. We need not pick a side, just pick up the remaining pieces and form a really new world order. The casualties could easily approach a billion. when the slaughter was over we would not have to deal with condescending, supercilious, twits lecturing us on government.

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 04:47 | 3304038 Brit_Abroad
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This is irony right ?

He is saying this tongue in cheek, right ?

Somebody please tell me he is joking.

America at the moment is not the answer but the problem.

Grand strategy..fuck me you've got to be shitting me. Ask the poor fuckers in Vietnam or anywhere else where America has waded in what they think of American Grand strategy.

When I was younger I used to believe that British colonialism and the British Empire while not per se good at least had some good effects, but now I don't. Period.

We then, as America now should just mind our own business.

Of course that wouldn't be playing the "great game"

Fuckers, all of them

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 06:30 | 3304094 RocketScience
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Mr. D:

If you are sitting at a poker table and you can't figure out who the fish is, it must be you. 

Never have so many words be uttered with so little substance–check that–The Obama's last state of the union speech. 

I don't wish to appear rude, but ZeroHedge may be a little over your head. 

Thanks for playing tho.

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 06:33 | 3304097 Bicycle Repairman
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This was written in 1955, right?

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 06:49 | 3304115 Cheduba
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Reversing the order of these two sentences:

"Consider the chaos enveloping Libya, Egypt, and Syria. The image of a world without strong American engagement is equally dismal and potentially catastrophic."

We are intentionally CAUSING the chaos in the Middle East! This guy is delusional.

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 09:45 | 3304381 AurorusBorealus
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A lot of words to say nothing.  Permit me to present a better version of an American "grand strategy" with specific details rather than vague generalizations about "promoting" Wilsonian democracy in the Fukuyaman, end-of-history: democracy-triumphs-over-all, world of modern American political think.

1)  The myth that America has some sort special set of "values" that the rest of the world need learn must be replaced by emphasis on real politik... a determination and clear articulation of the national interest.  In this way, other nations will know with clarity, what America's interests are and how far America is willing to go to defend its interests.

2)  The government must be freed from the influence of fascist-quasi cartel corporations so that foreign policy can be conducted in the national interest... not the interest of multi-national companies.  Any solution, including monarchy, that frees government to be sovereign over the interests of a few wealthy people is acceptable, provided the result is not totalitarianism or despotism.

3)  America's primary need here and now is oil.  A national mobilization to bend every resource toward powering vehicles with natural gas and exploiting every domestic energy resource.  The U.S. must free itself from the burdensom military expense of defending an oil supply line that circuits the entire globe and involves the U.S. in the affairs of the Middle East.

4)  The United States must distance itself from Israel and stop pursuing policies that have no benefit to the U.S. but great benefit to Israel.  Step one, end all military aid and assistance to Israel.  Step two, end the U.S.-Israel alliance and treat Israel in much the same way the U.S. treats a comparable country, such as Poland.

5)  The U.S. should begin to engage Russia, seriously and as a potential partner, not as a potential adversary, to check the rising power of China.  An offer of joint-military exercises for peace-keeping in Syria might be a way, here and now, to commence this partnership.  A U.S. - Russian alliance could preserve the global status quo for many, many years: and promote a world safe for economic growth and commerce.  The U.S. should have pursued this policy 20 years ago... but it is never too late to begin to do the smart thing.

There are many other things, but these are the major points that the U.S. could take action on... here and now.

 

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 10:33 | 3304538 Yellowhoard
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Why don't we have a death star yet?

Think of the peace and prosperity that we could achieve if we could, for instance, tell Pakistan to settle down or we're going to blow up Earth?

Now that's power and peace. Pee pee.

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 12:03 | 3304922 shovelhead
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Lol,

The CIA HAVE a grand strategy...

They just ain't telling Billy about it.

But somebody has got to do the meet and greet cocktail embassy circuit. Teach the kids to smile, shine their shoes and keep their flys zipped while paving the way for GE and Gen Dynamics etc.

Salesmen for the MIC.

"The business of America is business".

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