Obstacles are the ancient ability to stop someone from hurting you, your friends or your interests without a big fight.
Wishing you peace? Then get ready for battle. Or so the Romans believed.
This is an easily understood concept of abstraction. But resistance still remains a mysterious quality in concrete because it is only achieved with difficulty and yet is easily confiscated.
This lesson was learned when the weary democrats of the 1930s accepted Hitler’s serial aggression.
Hitler’s Germany stupidly invaded the more powerful Soviet Union in 1941, due to its poor performances in Poland and Finland, its alliance with the Nazis, and its resistance to losing Moscow after the recent purge of its own officer corps.
Obstacles are ubiquitous and apply well beyond issues of war and peace. The current crime wave of killings and violent attacks in our major cities is the wages of trying to evade the police and make the crime relevant to society in one way or another instead of blaming the perpetrators.
As a result, law-breakers now believe that there is a good chance that robbing or injuring or killing people can lead to financial gain or at least bloody satisfaction. They no longer fear the possible punishment of 30 years in prison. Thus, they see little risk in hurting people. And the innocent suffer.
The border wall, the end of capture and release, and the harsh jaws of the Mexican and Central American governments, a new American deterrent position in 2019-20 discourages immigrants from once stopping waves.
Immigrants on the northern frontier knew that even if they reached the border, there was a good chance that all such efforts would be thwarted by the rapid threat and deportation.
Thus, in their logical calculations, immigrants waited at home for a less resilient period. And they found them when Joe Biden stopped building the wall, recaptured and released, and increased pressure on Mexico to block caravans heading north.
Abroad, Donald Trump regained the strategic resistance lost by his predecessor.
The assassins of Barack Obama blew up ISIS as “JV” এবংand they prospered. He shuddered when China stole territory in the South China Sea to build military bases. He destroyed missile defenses in Europe to treat Vladimir Putin during his own 2012 re-election campaign.
Obama loudly declared redlines in Syria when he never intended to enforce them. He handed over the Taliban to their captive terrorist leaders in exchange for their return to the country of Bergdahl in the American desert. And he sent the Iranians nocturnal cash so that they could satisfy Iran. The aggression has been followed by the easing of U.S. sanctions.
In anticipation of all this, Trump destroyed the “caliphate” of ISIS. He was attacked by Russian tenants in Syria. He brought out terrorist masterminds such as Iranian General Qasim Solaimani and ISIS Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
To dangerous actors, an unexpected Trump may return if provoked. As a result, America’s enemies are afraid to challenge the United States. And its friends and neutrals were again more willing to join a force that was not reliable, but willing to take reasonable risks to help their safety.
The key to resistance is the relative strength of everyone on all sides and knowing in advance about the possibility of using it. When a strong force unfortunately sends a signal of weakness, intentionally or unintentionally, the weak forces get confused and believe that their opponent cannot be as strong as their armed forces. Often, unnecessary battles have unfortunate consequences.
These are dangerous times because Joe Biden has cut the defense budget. He recklessly withdraws from Afghanistan, leaving American citizens, our Afghan allies and friends, and billions of dollars worth of modern weapons and equipment.
He angered our NATO partners who were abandoned with about 8,000 troops in a country where the United States had requested their entry. He has politicized the military in the character of a elite man who woke up to a disagreement with the elite enlisted soldiers.
The result is that our enemies – Vladimir Putin’s Russia, the Chinese communist apparatus, the Iranian Theocrats, the crazy North Koreans – are now wondering if Biden’s reckless relaxation is a hindrance. Or is it now a feature of his administration? Or does it signal a new weak and confused America that offers a strategic opening to the enemy?
Like potential trespassers or potential border crossers, our enemies know that the United States has the ability to resist unwanted behavior in terms of its huge military, huge economy, and global culture.
But they may have contempt that with such energy comes such perceived confusion. And thus, in an enthusiastic criminal, or immigrant manner, they try something they would not otherwise do.
In short, resistance at home and abroad is now dangerously lost. And it would be scary to try to recover what was so hurriedly and foolishly thrown away.
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