My astute co-contributors have clearly defined several closely related parts of a larger problem. Steve’s take is here. And Gene offers a positive solution here. Others, here and elsewhere, have offered even more perspective and possible solutions.
But, while the first step in solving a problem is to correctly identify it, I think there are still some pieces missing before we can be certain we have.
A clear Declaration of War would be a first step, but War against what? One of the flaws in The Global War on Terror has been noted by the liberal/left; terrorism is an act, not a government.
I’m all for a pre-emptive strategy, I support the use of carefully targeted Nukes. North Korea’s launch site(s), Iran’s military and nuclear facilities, and a few more similar targets, but the list is, frankly, short.
And, for the record, I could care less about international reaction.
But even if we followed that path, we’re still left with the billions (externally) and millions (internally) that do not want the U.S. to survive in any form most of us would recognize.
Those tactics won’t work in London or Dearborn anyway.
One real problem, and one only WE can solve, is that we, collectively, have no identity any more. I’m not certain we ever did! But that point is a bit off topic unless we address the politicians.
As much as I’d like to blame the congresscritters in D.C., they are only a symptom.
So I’m left asking ‘What Next’?
I willing to get off my ass and do something, helping dump Murtha, for example. But there are many more where he came from.
An armed revolt sounds interesting, but it would allow those on the sidelines (Islamists, anti-American illegal immigrants, etc.) to pick up the pieces at their leisure.
I’m armed, with a vote and a gun, give me target. I don’t have enough ammo to ‘spray and pray’ and only one vote.