The Peace Dividend: Paid but Not Earned

When the Berlin Wall collapsed and it appeared that the Soviet Union was going to break apart completely, President Clinton declared a peace dividend.  Following that "declaration" of the peace dividend, our nation saw a significant reduction in the size of our military and in the size of the Special Forces, and a virtual dismantling of the human intelligence network within the intelligence community. The impact of the peace dividend was felt on September 11, 2001, when our nation was savagely attacked by an enemy whom we misjudged and overlooked because we were woefully unprepared to detect the attack before it occurred.  Our human intelligence capability in the Islamic world at that time was severely lacking. Be it Sun Tzu in The Art of War, Clausewitz on war, or any other military strategist throughout history, the writings are clear that from a strategic perspective, it is wise to attack your enemy where he is least prepared.  Attack weakness, not strength! As a...(Read Full Article)