A New World War

The European States fought very long wars in the Middle Ages.  The Hundred Years War saw the most powerful nations in Europe–England and France–square off from 1337-1453.  Like the Korean War there was not a formal treaty but rather an uneasy truce between exhausted foes.

The Thirty Years War (1618-1648) was between Catholic and Protestant States throughout Europe.  It ended with the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648 with diplomatic solutions and rules of engagement which have been followed to one degree or another between nations through WWII and The Cold War.

We are now in a world evolving rapidly away from the nearly 375 years of a system of International Law ushered in by the Treaty of Westphalia.  Radical Islam has done that and we are crippled in response by an Administration that refuses to face reality (our last post dealt with a President who lives in Fantasy Land) or even call the enemy by its real name–Islamic Terrorists.  Even an attack on the home land in San Bernadino, CA does not shake Barack Obama’s stubbornness on this point.

I appeal again as I did in my last post to Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, and a man with a first rate intellect and wisdom that goes far beyond that of Washington, D.C. elites.  He asks us to consider the challenges to the old intellectual order going back to The Treaty of Westphalia.  I sprinkle thoughts of my own through these 14 but the outline and main thrust comes from Mr. Newt.

  1.  We are in a long war which could be another 100 Year War if not more–as was the first 100 Year War.
  2.  We must not hide from uncomfortable facts that cripple our ability to develop an effective national security and foreign policy.
  3.  There are technological attacks on the horizon which could take out our electrical grids, cyber war and other insidious plans by the enemy beyond our current thinking.
  4. The Chinese are on the march, even as we weaken our military, with plans to control the South China Sea.  They recognize the weakness of our current Administration and are taking full advantage as evil always does.
  5. Russia is re-emerging as a predatory state even as Mitt Romney predicted in the 2012 campaign.  Obama scoffed at this and Hillary pushed the re-set button with Russia.  She did not know that re-set to Putin meant seeking to re-set the old Soviet Union.  Heaven spare us another Clinton Administration.
  6. At he end of the Cold War and a 70 year effort to contain the spread of nuclear weapons North Korea and Iran are preparing or have such weapons they are almost certain to use in the future.  There needs be serious talk about nuclear arming Japan in the face of North Korea and China.  It will not happen under Obama who seems hell-bent to allow Iran this capacity.
  7. We cannot let military responses be governed by lawyers and the efforts of the Left to turn war into criminal justice.  And we must cease treating ISIS with disdain that calls them the J.V. team which allows Obama to demand little of himself and nothing of us.
  8. Elites in Europe and America refuse to recognize that we are in a Long War or to deal honestly and effectively with the Islamic Supremacists who seek to destroy our civilization.  The Paris attack last month may have awakened France and Britain.  They seem to have had little effect on our stubborn President who responded with a Climate Summit in France.  Even the attack in CA led only to a call for more gun control.  Even Hillary Clinton has had to adjust her campaign to this new reality and to begin to distance herself from Obama’s failed policies.  She is running for President.  He is not.  This will be interesting to watch.
  9. The Long War will last a hundred years or more unless we shake ourselves out of our lethargy and recognize that we face Islamists as well as Chinese and Russian threats.  What do hear from Obama and Secretary of State, John Kerry:  “This will not stand.”  Oh yes it will unless we act and communicate the dangers to the American people many of whom are already aware of it.
  10. Islamic Supremacism is a virus that will spread until our political elites understand how badly we are losing and how much we must rethink our current strategies and activities.  In reality these elites need be pushed aside to make room for a Ted or a Marco or a Carly or a combination thereof.  Hopefully one of them will make former U.N. Ambassador, John Bolton, their Secretary of Defense, State or number one adviser on foreign policy out of the White House.  He understands and is clear in word and thought.
  11. Because the Islamic terrorists are a virus that is spread through the internet and social media, a response requires international relationships with domestic and foreign capabilities.  We can learn from our response to the Nazis and their 5th columns in the United States and the Soviets as they penetrated our government after WWII.  While the threat is different in the age of the internet some of the principles of striking back remain the same.
  12. This conflict is unavoidable if we are to survive as a free nation.  They are at war with us whether we wish to be at war or not.  Paris proved once again that ignoring our enemies does not mean they will ignore us.  In fact, it tends to create space for them to become more lethal.
  13. The sheer complexity of the threats and the speed with which any problem can erupt requires a new approach to monitoring the enemy.  The Army has a new doctrinal manual “Win in a Complex World” is an important step in the right direction.
  14. Rethinking national strategy on this scale will require serious people (such as we now lack in the White House) to engage in serious argument about the best responses.  This is a good thing as out of such argument has emerged how to fight WWI, WWII and the Cold War–all of which we won.  We need such argument and fine tuning as we seek a grand strategy for the 21st century.  We will not get such argument in a White House that calls ISIS the J.V. Team or who says ISIS is contained just before the Paris attacks.

Begin talking about these things with friends.  Our people are smart but poorly led right now as we were before the Civil War under men like James Buchanan who did nothing in the face of a national threat.  Thank God he was followed by Abraham Lincoln.   We were poorly led by Jimmy Carter as we entered the 1980’s but then, again thank God, there was Ronald Reagan.   We are as poorly led now as we have ever been.  But we are a nation founded on God’s Word and I do not believe He has given up on us.  We have a way of coming through at the 11th hour.  Dear God, may we do so again with a leader such as those above for the 21st century.  We trust and believe such a leader is on the horizon.  Give us wisdom to recognize your leader for this time.

Read, study and pray in these days.  You might wish to sign up for gingrichproductions.com for the finest in cutting edge thinking from a very prophetic mind.  Newt Gingrich, after some rough years that challenged his moral compass, appears to have returned to faith and family.   Our daughter ushered the night he came to her Ave Maria Law School in Naples, FL to address the community and the school.  She was able to meet him.

I also recommend the book Exceptional, Why The World Needs A Powerful America by Dick Cheney and his daughter, Liz Cheney.  It inspires us as we look at how our land has led the world in the past, a realistic view of where we are (not unlike Newt Gingrich’s views above) and the hope of where we can be again under the right leadership that we pray for above.  It would make a good Christmas gift for a family member or friend.  There may still be signed copies available for a donation to the Republican National Committee.

It helps to ever know that evil will not prevail as it has already been defeated at the Cross.  But it has not given up and will be with us until the Lord returns and puts evil under His feet.  Until then let us watch and pray and act for good under His Banner.


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    Medvedev, the Russian premier, stated last week that we’ve already begun “a new Cold War.” It’s hard to argue otherwise, and the Russians don’t appear to be the only ones unsettled by the thought.

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