Are we sure we want to do this? Some tough questions about our national security.

This story today — U.S. to Expand Security Role in Pacific Region — reminded me that I’ve been meaning to say for the past few months that I think a discussion is way overdue about our future security plans as a country.

I think there are some legitimate — and intimidating — questions that need to be asked and answered. Like, for instance:

  • How much will it cost us as a country to continue as a global power over the next twenty years? How about over the next fifty? And why is this necessary given our oceans and non-threatening neighbors?
  • Are we willing — following two long, hard ones — to jump into another war if necessary?
  • How about two? (Iran? Syria? North Korea? China?)
  • Can we win a long-term military build-up contest with China? Yes, we beat the Soviets, but their economy doesn’t compare. Furthermore, I sense fatigue (and weakness) across our land.

These are just a few of the questions I have, but I don’t expect them to be asked and certainly not answered. Our military industrial complex is too strong — and our fear as a people too high — to even consider such talk.

So, go ahead and call me weak or soft for even throwing them out there. I expect nothing less.

But, deep down, you might want to think about them because if you don’t, I assure you no one else will.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novel Little Man, and the Dixon County War a huge success! It’s gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here), landing smack dab between a Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey book. Learn more about it here.

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3 responses to “Are we sure we want to do this? Some tough questions about our national security.

  1. Stan,

    Like your stuff, your style, and grit. You’re ambitious and interesting. Good luck on that book. Would like to stay in touch. I may need some advise one day!

  2. Thanks, Jason! I’m really glad we found each other in the blogosphere.

    I’m confident your blog is going to help challenge and sharpen my views on a number of subjects! And ask for my advice any time. (Of course, it may be worth what you paid for it…)

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