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The Art of Deterrence
Published on September 14, 2012 By Tova7 In Politics

The summer between 8th and 9th grade I lived at the municipal swimming pool.

One day, some friends and I sat outside the pool on picnic tables. The pool just opened so there were adults outside waiting in line with their kids. A red Camaro, music blasting, loaded with soon-to-be seniors crawled by.

Once, twice, three times.

It wasn’t until all the adults were inside that the Camaro screeched to a stop.

Four boys, men really, approached our group.

More specifically, the boy-men approached Kip; a boy in my group.

Kip, my secret crush and all of 14 was very big for his age. I remember wondering how he was able to get so many beautiful muscles at our age when most of the boys weren’t any bigger than me.

Thicker, taller than the rest of us, he looked older than a soon-to-be freshman.

The boy-men, unencumbered by potential adult involvement, surrounded him. Tried to start an argument with “What did you say?”

Kip, always mild mannered and easy going, didn’t bite.

You know what?

It didn’t matter.

Those boy-men were determined to fight someone that day…so they picked the biggest guy they could find and went after him.

I wanted to help Kip. To throw down, stand with him. But I was afraid, impotent. Those boys were the size of my dad, and well, he could put a hurting on me all by himself. I didn’t even want to contemplate what 4 men his size might do to me.

The biggest guy threw the first punch to Kip’s jaw.

We all surrounded to watch. I couldn’t help; it didn’t keep me from cheering for Kip though. Loudly.

Sweet, quiet, Kip, was in a serious battle. Dust and leaves flew. The crowd went silent, only the weighty smack of meat on meat.

It seemed to last hours.

All the sudden, one of the seniors yelled about cops.

The fight paused.

Kip was damaged, but not half as much as the bloody senior gasping for breath, holding his side.

The boy-men, on the pretense of cops arriving (never happened), took off in the Camaro.

In a daze, shocked he still breathed, we all gathered around Kip. Instead of going back inside the pool, we walked around the block. I don’t remember why. But I think Kip needed to cool off. He shook with adrenaline.

A few minutes into that walk, the red Camaro pulled up beside us.

The biggest guy, the pugilist, got out and stood in front of Kip.

Oh no. Not again.

He extended his scratched and bloody knuckles, palm up, to Kip.

They shook hands.

The boy-man made amends.

Why did he do it?

Fear.

Kip, hands down, beat his ass. Beat it bad.

This guy didn’t want anyone to find out a soon-to-be 9th grader kicked his butt. And he most certainly didn’t want it to happen again. Fear of “cops” ended the fight. Fear of Kip ensured no one ever messed with him again.

Right now, terrorists all over the world attack US sovereignty.

Not a headline any American should ignore.

As I sat and watched another day of lawlessness, of unabashed American hatred... anger, bitter and acidic, built inside my own breast.

I asked myself the question. Why are you not just angry, but spitting venom over this?

Having lived and vacationed overseas, I saw up close and personal how much the rest of the world reviles us. Doubt it? Google “why the world hates America” and watch major newspapers from around the globe, even in allied countries like England, espouse the evil that is America.  (It was always such a dichotomy to see such hatred of America while passing Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Apple stores on the sidewalk. Guess they hate US but not our stuff.)

Even experiencing the hatred first hand, my anger never boiled as it does now.

So, why the difference?

After all, history shows everyone hates a super power. Backbiting, even from allies is over-looked because it is expected. Like the prettiest girl at school, America is both desired and despised. Desired for the benefits we provide our friends; despised for the power to deny.

It is what it is. We are THE world’s super power. We shouldn’t make apologies for it. Sure, we don’t always make the best decisions, but this is OUR time. If history shows us anything it is that this fact will not always be so.

My anger stems from America’s perceived weakness. It’s not real. We’re not weak. So why do these people think they can invade American territory (Embassies)? Why aren’t they afraid?

We’ve worked as a nation, spent billions of dollars, to set up a system of deterrence. Deterrence, as a theory, operates on the assumption states are greedy. (Hence the love/hate relationship with the rest of the world.)

Direct deterrence prevents attacks against our territory; extended deterrence prevents attacks on our friends; immediate deterrence protects against imminent threat.

The first failed.

Why?

Why now?

One embassy. One day. That is the nature of doing business. It doesn’t insinuate a failure of deterrence to more than the people involved in that moment. A time when emotion over-shadows better judgment.

Multiple embassies, multiple days?

Failed deterrence.

So why now? What is so different today?

Strength and power are useless if you refuse to use them. I don’t think it’s wise to bully the rest of the world. Not saying that. But when someone sucker punches us in the face, the time for diplomacy is over.

It’s time to stand.

The world has changed. Some believe it is difficult to hold a nation responsible for mobs.

I don’t buy it.

If we have low expectations, then we will get corresponding results.

I’ve seen for instance Egypt crack down on “protesters” when it didn’t involve us. It’s brutal. It’s violent. It’s unequivocal.

And yet that nation’s government did not feel the need to utilize those same measures on our behalf.

Why is that?

Sure they hate us. That is not news. They’ve always hated us. What’s different now?

Lack of fear.

If they believed for even an instant the US would hammer down, shock and awe their terrorists, they’d have stopped the mob before escalation. Just to minimize collateral damage, as well as save face to the rest of the world.

But they didn’t.

Because they know right now in this country, Obama is not going to fight. He’s not going to play the mini-violin with his fingers while saying, “Too bad, so sad. You let it happen. You reap the whirlwind.”

He’s a talker.

And while I may find that the scariest thing on the planet from a CAC. Terrorists?

Not so much.

These people came onto our soil and picked a fight.

Imagine if Kip wouldn’t have fought back. The fight wouldn’t have been over. The boy-man would have beat him to death, or very close to it.

There is no reasoning with someone determined to pick a fight.

There is only winning.


Comments
on Sep 14, 2012

To my non-political FB readers (you know who you are!). 

You gave notice that 3 political posts result in de-facing (unfriending).  This is technically not a political post.

It's a current event problem, stemming from weak politics, on my BLOG.

What?  I DID NOT HAVE SEX WITH THAT WOMAN.~Bill

on Sep 14, 2012

Hey T, I haven't been talking about this on my FB or anywhere else knowing the tolerance for politics is nauseating...I quite understand, as I'm that way too at times!lol!  But hubby and I have been talking about this situation and it's unbelievable what is going on.  I'm thinking that this is a deliberate act on the part of the person who created this movie (or others) especially around this time, right at September 11!  It's done to stir up the masses...and the masses are so damn extreme they don't give a crap who they hurt.  The fact that they can do what they do and get away with it, killing innocent people is so incomprehensible my feelings is to get the biggest, baddest thing out there to wipe them off the face of the earth....and yes, I say it out of anger because of what they have done and will continue to do.  In the President's case, obviously he has to thread carefully, because this is a damn if he does, or damn if he doesn't situation for him.  Though I will say that he won't be given the opportunity to make his decision before he gets blasted by all.  Does he go in with gun blasting killing everyone...boy would that be justified!  Or does he wait to see how to go about this the humane way...hard decision. But it won't be too hard when these extremist continue the reckless path they are on now...blindly killing innocents.

on Sep 14, 2012

Excellent article, T...insightful, spot on, timely, and the only possible conclusion is that it is time to make a stand.  And I mean no more kinder gentler war...time to bust things up and destroy evil-doers.  

How ya doin?  

on Sep 14, 2012

foreverserenity
In the President's case, obviously he has to thread carefully, because this is a damn if he does, or damn if he doesn't situation for him. Though I will say that he won't be given the opportunity to make his decision before he gets blasted by all.

Hey FS.  It's ok to post what you think here, you know I love you

Yes, as a matter of fact I think Obama should break ass, just like we did in 1986 when Americans were killed in Libya.  But he's weak.  He won't do it for exactly the reason you cited.  His political career is damned if he does, damned if he doesn't. 

I believe America being attacked is bigger than his political career.  You gotta stand for something, or you'll fall for anything.  (There is a reason that is a country song!)

There is a time for diplomacy.

But when they send the diplomat's head back on a stick....it's go time.

Edited to add:  FS, are we really going to talk about the video?  The man broke no law.  It is one of the rights we enjoy in this country.  Was it in bad taste?  Well, I didn't find it particularly entertaining, but then I never really enjoyed the Southpark portrayals of Christ either.

We shouldn't be apologizing for one of the very right we fight and die to defend.

 

on Sep 14, 2012

Big Fat Daddy
Excellent article, T...insightful, spot on, timely, and the only possible conclusion is that it is time to make a stand. And I mean no more kinder gentler war...time to bust things up and destroy evil-doers.
How ya doin?

Hey BFD. 

Today I'm baking for a family reunion tomorrow.

I was compelled to the keyboard because of all the lethargy I see in people around me about this whole embassy thing. 

As I write this, Germany is having issues as well in Africa.  Now, because of our perceived weakness, the sharks smell blood in the water.  The whole world feels like it can come against us.  Wouldn't it be great to topple the US?

In the end, you know who'll be the only ones standing beside us?

Israel.

If the Arab spring showed us anything...it's these people have the time and inclination to riot.  Only a matter of time before their US brethren decide to do it here.

 

on Sep 14, 2012

on Sep 15, 2012

Reading and following this story...mostly with sources outside the US.  So sad our journalists today forget how to execute investigative reporting.  Though I quote CNN here, England has the best coverage to date.

So far I believe this was a coordinated plan.  The brilliance of it?  A lot of those protesters BELIEVE it is about the film.

I think the mob was just cover.  Stir up the mob and attack American interests.  It makes America look weak, and who can the US punish?  The old diversion plan. 

I was kinda leaning that way all along but this actually cemented it for me.

"Heavy machine guns and rocket -propelled grenades were used...",

"After the consulate was attacked and set on fire, a number of Americans escaped to a safe-house in another part of the city.

A few hours later, Mabrouk said he received another call from Tripoli about the arrival of a U.S. team at Benghazi airport that needed transport into the city.

He met the seven Americans, who were heavily armed but not in military uniform, on the runway and provided them with an armed escort, he said.

As soon as the two vehicles carrying the seven Americans arrived at the safe house, they came under intense attack -- including a volley of grenades and machine-gun fire. The assailants then fled."

The very definition of a "mob" defies this kind of coordination.

That was no unorganized mob.

That was a cover for ANOTHER terror attack on US soil.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/15/world/meast/libya-diplomats-warning/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

 

 

 

on Sep 15, 2012

Don't ya love how our gullible press believes and runs with anything & everything told to them by our enemies and this administration?  But I repeat myself.

The only 'journalism' (as opposed to blogging) being practiced in the world now occurs in other countries.  Pathetically ironic.

on Sep 15, 2012

At the arrival of the bodies Hillary was still trying to sell the idea that the whole thing wasn't about the pres or policies, it was just movie that no one could do anything about.  You can bet your sweet seat that this will open new "dialogue" about limiting the rights of free speech.  They want to equate controversial subject matter in books, movies, or other media to crying "fire" in a theater.  Beat the crowd, get fitted for your muzzle today.

on Sep 15, 2012

As I said elsewhere, the only silver lining in this is that Bill Maher will be silenced. /sarc

on Sep 15, 2012

Big Fat Daddy
At the arrival of the bodies Hillary was still trying to sell the idea that the whole thing wasn't about the pres or policies, it was just movie that no one could do anything about.

I know right?  I was thinking...is this an alternate reality or something?  Because I could have swore they were burning the AMERICAN flag...carrying pictures of Osama and chanting "Death to America."

Glad to know it really was just about a movie.

Daiwa
Don't ya love how our gullible press believes and runs with anything & everything told to them by our enemies and this administration? But I repeat myself.

It's amazing to me how much the news business has changed since I got out of it completely fifteen years ago.  Totally different animal.  I remember when news directors made a reporter explain, in detail, any use of adjectives.  99% of the time, adjectives ended up slashed from the story.

Now reporters have two misconceptions.  One, they're celebrities.  Two, we give a rats butt what they think.  Just do your job!!  Report the who, what, where, when, how, and why....then SHUT UP!

on Sep 15, 2012

As I said elsewhere, the only silver lining in this is that Bill Maher will be silenced.

The only time I ever watched him was when Ann Coulter was on his show. 

He's so puffed up and I wonder WHY?  He's not handsome, smart, or particularly funny.  I find him a fairly repulsive human being.  

on Sep 15, 2012

I find him a fairly repulsive human being.

That would be because you are sane.

A fair chunk of his film Religulous is spent hurting "the religious feelings of Muslims" (to use the Cairo embassy's phrase) but BO's PAC had no issue taking his million bucks.

I believe his is whip-smart and I laughed my ass off watching Religulous, but the man has absolutely no concept of humility or kindness.  Being a narcissist and closet capitalist himself, it's perfectly understandable why he supports Obama, despite BO's claim to be a Christian, something Maher thinks is the absolute epitome of stupidity.  Just one example of the internal contradictions of narcissism.

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