Saturday, September 5, 2015
#248 / Threats
Witness the Threat Advisory System graphic to the right.
We are all conditioned to think about threats, and recently, The New York Times editorial page has asked a question that seems reasonable on its face: "Who Threatens America Most?"
If you haven't really been focusing on "threats," The Times will give you some ideas. Russia, ISIS, and Al Qaeda seem to be in the top three.
If you are looking for an answer to the question posed by The Times, the editorial itself isn't going to help very much. Quoting its last paragraph: "Gen. Martin Dempsey, the departing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in the 2015 national military strategy, 'Today's global security environment is the most unpredictable I have seen in 40 years of service.' A formidable challenge for the administration is deciding what its priorities should be."
Slightly to rephrase that last sentence: "A formidable challenge for the administration is deciding what or whom to be afraid of."
Well, here is a rather radical thought. What if we decided not to be afraid of anything, or anybody? How would that be for a national strategy?
That's my proposition.
That's the change I'd make, if I ran the zoo!