Even with the demise of the Soviet Union and its steady and stable relationship with the socialist China, terrorism remains at the topmost level of security threats to the United States. A nuclear war is closed to being eliminated because everyone knows the danger of this kind of war. Gone are the days that only armed conflicts are being feared. Cold War is over but there have been so many changes that affect not only the United States but almost everyone in the international community. In the statement of Fingar before the Senate:
DCI Jim Woolsey described these changes as the displacement of some big dragons by more than just a few dangerous and poisonous snakes. … Globalization, as well as the information revolution that it brings along, has affected aspirations and expectations and allowed nations, states, and non-state actors, including groups and institutions, to do things and actions that would have been unthinkable and unfathomable just a few years or so ago. The United States has no doubt rise to be the superpower of the world in terms of military.
But this disparity in power has caused other countries to “defend” itself by making response that does not protect its people or country but threatens its attacker that it will attack its citizens as retaliation. Iran, for example, seems to implicitly warn its potential enemies that they will response to any attack in the form of terror. This is of course a warning that almost says: “You may be military stronger than us, and you can defeat us, but you cannot guard or protect your citizens everywhere, every time. ” While such response is unfortunate, they are actually not irrational.
Such guerilla and terror warfare have been a long-standing option or choice (which usually are the last resort) for weaker countries or even groups (within the country) confronting a stronger enemy. In terms of potential actions in the future, military actions may not be as aggressive as before. Although the present administration under Bush's leadership seems to be agitated in its war efforts against some countries in the east, it is clearly something that is somehow restricted before the Congress is pushing for its rights/powers to restrain the executive.
The nearby future seems to be facing a constitutional clash against the two branches before any significant military action can happen. A military attack will always receive a military retaliation. And this is a given fact. But without such attack in the first place, we must consider that modern times have proven that there are other options to attack an enemy other than military forces. Economic sanctions have been proven to be an effective weapon against any potential aggressor.
Needless to say, any validated planned attack against the United States should be dealt with accordingly. As additional threats in the United States, the economic problems should not be ignored. The country is facing domestic problems and should be given as much priority as potential security and peace threats. Some of the domestic problems needing immediate attention are pension underfunding, public debt, overbuilding in fault zones, floodplains, and coastal areas, retirement savings and social security, and even energy consumption.
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