‘”Oh oh oh oh oh
Hey, I’m happy, I’m feeling glad,
I got sunshine in a bag.
I’m useless but not for long:
the future is coming on.
Finally, someone let me out of my cage.
Now, time for me is nothin’ ’cause I’m counting no age.
Nah, I couldn’t be there. Now you shouldn’t be scared.
I’m good at repairs and I’m under each snare.
Intangible, bet you didn’t think so,
I command you to, panoramic view:
look I’ll make it all manageable.
Pick and choose, sit and lose.
All you different crews,
chicks and dudes, who you think is really kicking tunes?
Picture you getting down in a picture tube
like you lit the fuse.
You think it’s fictional, mystical – maybe a
spiritual hero who appears in you to clear your view
when you’re too crazy.
Lifeless, to know the definition for what life is,
priceless, to you because I put ya on the hype shift,
you like it?
Gun smokin’, righteous but one talkin’ psychic
among knows possess you with one though.
The essence, the basics: without it you make it.
Allow me to make this child like in nature.
“Rhythm you have it or you don’t”:
that’s a fallacy. I’m in them,
every sprouting tree, every child of peace,
every cloud at sea. You see with your eyes
you see destruction and demise,
corruption in the skies
from this fucking enterprise that I’m sucked into your lies,
through Russell, not his muscles,
but percussion he provides.
With me as your guide, y’all can see me now
’cause you don’t see with your eye,
you perceive with your mind
(that’s the inner).
So I’m gonna stick around with Russ and be a mentor,
bust a few rhymes. So motherfuckers
remember what the thought is:
I brought all this so you can survive when law is lawless.
Feelings, sensations that you thought was dead.
No squealing, remember that it’s all in your head.”
Gorillaz, “Clint Eastwood”
“President Speaks to the Untied Nations General Assembly,” by George Bush, 21 September 2004, http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/09/20040921-3.html.
“Contrary to current conventional wisdom, Bush’s Big Bang strategy will be treated very favorably by history, by Thomas Barnett, Thomas P.M. Barnett :: Weblog, 1 March 2006, http://www.thomaspmbarnett.com/weblog/archives2/003018.html
“Lowering U.S. Goals in Iraq,” by Daniel Pipes, Real Clear Politics, 1 March 2006, http://www.realclearpolitics.com/Commentary/com-3_1_06_DAP.html.
The Iraq War goes badly because we cripple ourselves. Our greatest tool, the ideological-ethnic militias, are held back in the name of a “united Iraq.” For instance, President Bush told the UN:
The U.N., and its member nations, must respond to Prime Minister Allawi’s request, and do more to help build an Iraq that is secure, democratic, federal, and free.
Note that Bush implicitly defined a united Iraq, a sustained artificial state, as a prerequisite for victory.
But as Tom Barnett correctly points out:
Of course, the regional experts will decry all this change, saying we’re in far worse straits now than we were before. We’re “losing” Iraq and al Qaeda, we are told, is “winning” if Iraq is split into pieces. How Iraq-the-pretend-country’s break-up would equate to al Qaeda’s victory is beyond me, but I lack the subtle defeatism of some, and I guess I just don’t swallow Osama’s propaganda like the regionalists do, having watched this idiotic program before with the Sovs in another life.
Local militias should be a central part of an reconstruction effort. They have the on-the-ground knowledge will lets them move in the local environment, rapidly fixing problems that American contractors may not. They would allow to us do something hard easily, letting us throttle down our Reconstruction efforts into what Chet Richards might call “”.
Organizations like the SCIRI militia (the Badr Brigade), the Kurdish militias, and other organizations are gun-smoking (they can teach our enemies a lesson with kinetic force) and righteous (they are tools of connectivity). They assist in exporting our rule-sets to new corners of the world, while evolving those rulesets to best fit local conditions.
Dr. TPM Barnett described his system-level A-Z Ruleset as
1. UNSC as “grand jury”
2. G20 as Functioning Executive
3. US-enabled Leviathan Force
4. Core-enabled SysAdmin force
5. International Reconstruction Fund (IRF)
6. International Criminal Court
While much of this is wise, such as , Step #4 especially hits us where we are weakest (our aversion to wide-ranging multilateralism) and stops the rise of local stakeholders. Instead, to operationalize Gorillaz‘s “Allow me to make this child like in nature” with
3. US Fucks Up Some Country
4. Local Stakeholders are Conceived
5. IRF funds “childhood” of local stakeholders
6. Mature society emerges
An advantage of having highly-trained US or Core peacekeepers, or even Chet Richards‘s expanded Army Corp of Engineers, is that things will be done better. But locals doing something badly is preferable, for both us and to them. “Reconstruction “you have it or you don’t”: that’s the fallacy.” Let locals to the job.
Standing up locals has another advantage: it doesn’t hurt our moral will. America has difficulty seeing bloodshed, but little trouble merely knowing about it. By giving the necessary post-major-conflict police actions to locals, we minimize the damage done by critical media.
Local militias, stakeholders near the people, will help us and them survive when law is lawless. Barnett reminds us that terrorism is local. So is justice: there is no world body capable of protecting us if we do not protect ourselves. In the case of the Samarra Tragedy, it signals “the determination of elements in Iraq’s long-ruling community to reassert its dominance”. To win locally, we must fight locally.
And we must dare.