Michael Ledeen on January 22, 2012, wrote on his blog that America is facing a global war:

“In short, we face a global war waged by a well-established alliance of Iranian and Syrian Islamists, Russian and Chinese crony plutocrats, and Latin American radical leftists who share a love of totalitarian control of their own people and a hatred of America. We have failed to design a strategy to win this war, and indeed it often seems as if our leaders share the world view of our enemies. Obama thought he could make deals with all of them, apparently believing this would come about when they realized he shared their conviction that most of the world’s problems are America’s fault. Indeed, when push comes to shove in their own countries, his instinctive response, as Fouad Ajami recently wrote regarding Syria, is to favor the success of the anti-American tyrants.”

President Obama is trying to convince the American people that “the tide of war is receding” (January 5, 2012). He is making cuts in the American defense budget at a time when strong defense and a grand strategy to face China, Islamist terrorists worldwide, the Iranian Islamist regime and various left wing South American radicals.

“Ahmadinejad and his cohorts have worked very energetically to forge a global network that includes Russia, China, (sometimes) Turkey, Syria, and the Western hemisphere gang. In part, the network helps Iran bust the sanctions that have recently catalyzed a spectacular drop in the value of Iran’s currency. Money, weapons, refined petroleum products, and even crude oil get laundered through foreign banks, shell companies, and ports.”

Yes, indeed, it is time combine hard power and soft power in a grand strategy and face realities:

1. demographics with 95% of global population increase occurring in developing countries by 2030;
2. globalization and increasing variations in wealth distribution;
3. national debt and budget crises affecting Europe which will limit ability to respond to some international security crises;
4. growing global demand for fossil energy sources coupled with declining known reserves of these sources which could produce armed conflict.
5. the possibility of food shortages due to population increases and natural disasters;
6. climate change;
7. water shortages;
8. pandemics;
9. cyber warfare against economic and military targets;
10. growing international interest in controlling space by China and other countries;
11. weapons of mass destruction proliferation;
12. political and security challenges the U.S. will face to its interests from trends and developments in countries and regions such as China, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle East, Central Asia, Russia, and Africa and from failing states and radical ideologies such as militant Islam.



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