On the Sunset of an Empire

AM lays it out:

But if history does indeed rhyme, we will see our land forces decrease to a very small, very competent fighting corps which will be used in a series of “police actions” throughout the world for the next few decades.  We will see our Air and Naval forces continue to be “world class” but reduced in size and focused more on deterrence than any sort of force parity with potential rivals.

I can’t predict the future, but I can see the past.  And as Empire’s fade into the sunset they have awesome might, like an old heavyweight boxer who still has a few rounds in him.  However, like we found in Libya, there is not a whole lot of endurance behind those take down punches.

Or, we might keep the same levels, but only here at home to support this monstrosity:

SEC. 1032. REQUIREMENT FOR MILITARY CUSTODY.

(a) Custody Pending Disposition Under Law of War- (1) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in paragraph (4), the Armed Forces of the United States shall hold a person described in paragraph (2) who is captured in the course of hostilities authorized by the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40) in military custody pending disposition under the law of war. (2) COVERED PERSONS- The requirement in paragraph (1) shall apply to any person whose detention is authorized under section 1031 who is determined– (A) to be a member of, or part of, al-Qaeda or an associated force that acts in coordination with or pursuant to the direction of al-Qaeda; and (B) to have participated in the course of planning or carrying out an attack or attempted attack against the United States or its coalition partners. (3) DISPOSITION UNDER LAW OF WAR- For purposes of this subsection, the disposition of a person under the law of war has the meaning given in section 1031(c), except that no transfer otherwise described in paragraph (4) of that section shall be made unless consistent with the requirements of section 1033. (4) WAIVER FOR NATIONAL SECURITY- The Secretary of Defense may, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, waive the requirement of paragraph (1) if the Secretary submits to Congress a certification in writing that such a waiver is in the national security interests of the United States. (b) Applicability to United States Citizens and Lawful Resident Aliens- (1) UNITED STATES CITIZENS- The requirement to detain a person in military custody under this section does not extend to citizens of the United States. (2) LAWFUL RESIDENT ALIENS- The requirement to detain a person in military custody under this section does not extend to a lawful resident alien of the United States on the basis of conduct taking place within the United States, except to the extent permitted by the Constitution of the United States. (c) Implementation Procedures- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the President shall issue, and submit to Congress, procedures for implementing this section. (2) ELEMENTS- The procedures for implementing this section shall include, but not be limited to, procedures as follows: (A) Procedures designating the persons authorized to make determinations under subsection (a)(2) and the process by which such determinations are to be made. (B) Procedures providing that the requirement for military custody under subsection (a)(1) does not require the interruption of ongoing surveillance or intelligence gathering with regard to persons not already in the custody or control of the United States. (C) Procedures providing that a determination under subsection (a)(2) is not required to be implemented until after the conclusion of an interrogation session which is ongoing at the time the determination is made and does not require the interruption of any such ongoing session. (D) Procedures providing that the requirement for military custody under subsection (a)(1) does not apply when intelligence, law enforcement, or other government officials of the United States are granted access to an individual who remains in the custody of a third country. (E) Procedures providing that a certification of national security interests under subsection (a)(4) may be granted for the purpose of transferring a covered person from a third country if such a transfer is in the interest of the United States and could not otherwise be accomplished. (d) Effective Date- This section shall take effect on the date that is 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, and shall apply with respect to persons described in subsection (a)(2) who are taken into the custody or brought under the control of the United States on or after that effective date.

I guess you can look at it two ways:

1. We have 60 days past the date with which Barry signs the dotted line to prepare for open warfare.

2. This is just another incremental nail in the coffin.

I wavier by the hour at this point. On Tuesday, that will likely change to every minute, and by Thursday, it will be back to hourly. Why? No earthly idea.

Panic or prepare? Again, no idea. From my non-legal and simpleton PoV, this looks like it explicitly exempts US Citizens, though I have read and understood arguments against. My thought of thoughts is that the whole thing is intentionally vague and misleading so that when they decide to act, they later on can base their actions on whatever pieces they pick at random out of this thing.

Crisis + boogeyman + solution = curtailment of freedom & liberty.

By design.

 

 

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