Peace through strength. That sounds like a pretty simple motto, right?
Yet there are people in the political arena who would disagree. They claim the opposite “strength through peace,” or say that a nation that is too strong might use that strength improperly.
While it is nice to say that true strength comes through seeking peace, we live in the real world. I would love to live in a reality where the United Nations actually worked. Where diplomacy and reasonable discussion could win the day. That all that was necessary to end conflicts, poverty, and injustice around the world was peaceful, open communication.
But that’s not the real world. And when you have crazed, violent rhetoric on the comments section of decent websites like ours, imagine how much worse it is when the stakes are high. America is just one nation on a planet glutted with politics, governments, agendas, and crises. There will always be a group of radical terrorists, international criminal syndicates, or despots bent on world domination.
It may not be as hysterical as a James Bond movie, but the threats will always be there.
Our era has been marked—not by the latent threat of the Cold War—but the erratic, unexpected violence of Islamic terrorism. Groups like Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and others are bent on murdering as many people as possible. While these groups may not have the wherewithal to actually accomplish their goal of destroying the West, they have the devotion of militant disciples and the financial backing of several countries.
They pose a real threat that cannot be ignored.
That much is obvious. You won’t find a single person in the West who denies the dangers of ISIS. Yet there are liberals who don’t seem to understand just how dangerous ISIS is. Or they consider other forces to be far worse (like President Trump). Or they just simply want us to accept the constant attacks, deaths of innocent children, and vile torture as everyday occurrences.
It really boggles the mind.
What’s worse are the constant excuses for radical, Islamic terrorism. It seems there are liberals who try to act as apologists for violent, evil, losers. President Obama and others in the liberal media have tried to deflect the real reasons jihadists are killing so many people. And it only makes things worse.
Our nation has consistently misunderstood the challenge posed by jihadist terror, too, in part because our secular leaders and reporters often don’t believe jihadists mean what they say. Too many in the mainstream press believe jihadists are mainly motivated by resentment of colonialism, or by anger over the Iraq war, or by American support for Israel, rather than by the deep and ancient desire to spread fundamentalist Islam across the entire world. (National Review)
In his time, Obama blamed colonialism and “sweeping change brought by modernity and globalization” as reasons Muslim countries viewed the West as enemies. Apparently, iPads are the cause of terrorism (forgetting the fact that the Muslim world has benefited tremendously from the globalization of the oil industry).
The kind of logical gymnastics liberals undergo to avoid calling a spade a spade leaves them sounding like idiots. When a country is confronted by an enemy, it needs to defend itself.
It’s no use coming up with excuses as to why terrorism is knocking on our door. Strength through peace is pointless, if the other side does not want peace! What good is it to virtue signal, when the enemy is strapping bombs to themselves, blowing up kids outside a concert venue?
The only response, as it has always been throughout history, is to fight back.
In the era of Trump, America is doing just that. You might not like Trump. The thought that this orange-haired business mogul is now Leader of the Free World might cause you to gag. But that’s okay. He and his administration will put in the hard work so that the next time you’re partying at a club, you won’t fear a jihadist will gun you down.
The answer is peace through strength. Direct, honest and uncompromising decisions that secure our nation and beat back the forces of ISIS (and the rest) wherever they rear their ugly head.
But what has President Trump done to beef up our military? What decisions—if any—has his administration made that directly improve the military’s ability to keep Americans safe?
Let’s explore them, shall we?
President Trump has placed a high priority on rebuilding the U.S. military and allowing his commanders to make more calls. So far, in the administration’s first six months, successes have been piling up. (Breitbart)
One of the first big ones was defeating ISIS at Mosul. Mosul was a stronghold for the radical group, from which they could plan and launch more attacks. The U.S.-led coalition worked with Iraqi forces to root out ISIS, striking a huge blow in the terror network’s structure.
That has allowed Iraqi forces to clear out other regions where ISIS is embedded in their country.
What does that have to do with Trump? POTUS 45 reviewed the strategy implemented during Obama’s term and made a few key changes.
According to Mad Dog Mattis:
First, he delegated authority to the right level to aggressively and in a timely manner move against enemy vulnerabilities.
Secondly, he directed a tactical shift from shoving ISIS out of safe locations in an attrition fight to surrounding the enemy in their strongholds so we can annihilate ISIS. The intent is to prevent the return home of escaped foreign fighters. (Free Beacon)
Meaning, Trump told them to kill the enemy, not shoo them away.
The fight against terrorism in the Middle East often feels like a tug of war. That is because it is warfare unlike anything we’ve seen in conflicts past. U.S. forces have to adjust their tactics frequently in order to adapt to the various ways ISIS and other terror cells conduct themselves. If we don’t stay nimble, then our enemies can evade capture, flee to other bases, and endanger more civilians.
Trump’s change in how forces attacked ISIS directly led to bigger gains in the war to drive them from Iraq.
In addition to offering direction that is spanking ISIS, President Trump has promised to rebuild our military—including improving our most important equipment.
The USS Gerald R. Ford will join the aircraft carrier fleet – the Navy’s newest and most advanced aircraft carrier – this month.
It is the first aircraft carrier of a new class in forty years, since the Nimitz-class carriers were commissioned in the 1970s, and will bring the Navy’s carrier count back up to 11 for the first time in five years, in accordance with the law. (Breitbart)
It’s odd to think that there are U.S. lawmakers and leaders who sought to cut funding of our military. Especially considering how we face such serious dangers from groups around the world. But this is one of the fundamental differences between liberals and conservatives. Most likely, under Obama, military spending was cut in order to allocate more cash to entitlement programs.
And also to uphold the age-old hippie notion that the military is bad.
President Trump’s plan is to beef up the defense budget to $603 billion next year, up $19 billion over Obama’s plan.
Why is this so important? Are you one of the many “passivist” liberals who roll their eyes at the mention of military spending? Allow me to point you back to my preamble to this article. We are living in the real world. There are vile and deadly threats out there that won’t rest until we’re all dead (or bowing to Mecca). Without a real, modern, and brutally effective military, we won’t maintain our edge in the war against terror.
Imagine, if you will, a computer company. For decades, they’ve enjoyed success because they’ve invested in leading-edge technology. They were leaders in the industry, because they took risks, spent much in R&D, and provided innovations to customers.
But somewhere down the line, a new CEO decided to scale back. He figured they were so far ahead of the competition, that they didn’t need to spend so much on research, they didn’t need to come out with new products every year.
In time, that company would slip- and slip rapidly. Because guess what? The competition isn’t slowing down. And even a small, scrappy company with limited resources can make enough headway to give the big guys a run for their money. And given enough time, that big company won’t have an advantage. They might not even be in business.
Does that sound like an arms race to you? Because it is. But we don’t have to build up a huge nuclear arsenal to stay ahead of the pack. We need to have the tools to stay vigilant and ready to respond.
Look at what terrorists can do with pressure cookers and duct tape. Look at how much headway they’ve made because Western nations were asleep at the wheel. Imagine if Iran does get a nuke. Or if ISIS is allowed to flourish thanks to social media and propaganda websites.
Beefing up our military means more than just ships and bombs. It means allocating funds to ensure we have the most sophisticated tools to root out terror and other threats. It means equipping our military so they can stay ever-vigilant, to catch new threats before they wreak havoc.
There are other ways President Trump is strengthening our military resolve. Through strength, he is standing down the international bullies that aim to intimidate and rob other nations of their resources.
President Trump has begun to challenge China in the South China Sea, sending the U.S. military to sail or fly within 12 nautical miles of land features claimed by China.
The purpose of these operations, called “Freedom of Navigation Operations” (FONOPs), is to make sure China knows the waters remain open to the international community, despite China and other countries’ claims of ownership.
Former President Obama had set a moratorium on such operations in the South China Sea between 2012 and 2015 out of concern it would upset China. (Breitbart)
Why should we be worried about upsetting China? They are the ones trying to monopolize the South China Sea. Listen, just because their name’s in it, doesn’t make it theirs! That is a vital waterway for many Asian nations, including China, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Vietnam (to name a few). Countries that aren’t as economically vibrant as China. That sea is crucial to trade that helps keep these nations thriving.
Obviously, China would love to dominate this waterway. Establish such a presence that they could decide who could travel through it. Or set up tariffs or fees, threatening ships who don’t pay.
President Trump’s challenge can and will discourage China from more egregious moves. They will think twice before acting aggressively in the region. Knowing that America will stand up to them, to protect our interests and the interests of our allies, is a powerful deterrent. Even for Big Red.
The world isn’t anywhere close to lasting and abiding peace. As much as we all want that, the only recourse we have is making sure our country is safe. Protecting the rights of our citizens is the government’s top priority. Our Bill of Rights doesn’t mean much if foreign invaders blow up our citizens, or terrorists murder our children.
Without a strong military, we can’t defend our rights. Without our rights, what are we?