Right from the Middle: Strengthening America’s defenses needed now more than ever
By William O. Lipinski
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine requires that we increase our military presence near Russia and increase our military spending in Europe.
But, we also must maintain a very close, short and long term focus on our number one rival int he world, the People’s Republic of China.
China is the only country that can systematically challenge us, that’s spelled U.S. now and into the future.
The PRC can challenge our Land of Liberty diplomatically, technologically, economically, militarily. and geopolitically.
This means it is imperative that we also increase our military spending in the Far East. We once again, just like in the second world war must be prepared to fight a two-front war.
Our allies in Europe and the Far East will be very helpful but the leadership and the bulk of the fighting will again be done by our Land of Liberty.
This is the price we continue to pay for being the leader of the free world, I certainly hope a war on this scale does not happen, but I had hoped and prayed Russia would not invade Ukraine.
Consequently, we must be prepared to lead the fight for freedom and democracy. To accomplish this, we must once again become the undisputed economic and military powerhouse of this planet.
We must also establish our “Alliance for Freedom and Democracy” with democracies from around this world.
The motto of our alliance must be an attack on one nation is an attack on all, just like NATO.
Our ambassador to the Alliance for Freedom and Democracy must be an extremely skilled individual in diplomacy in order to articulate the value of the Alliance on a continuing basis in order to forge the Alliance into the instrument needed to promote freedom and democracy in this world and to keep the peace.
This Land of the Pilgrim’s Pride can start rebuilding our economic might by following a plan of rebuilding our industrial base and by refocusing on scientific and technological research and development.
And, by keeping our developments, discoveries, improvements, advances and refinements right here in this Land of the Free and Home of the Brave, it will restore our superior economic and military might very quickly.
Because of our fertile soil for freedom, democracy, and free enterprise we will surpass our previous unchallenged position as the supreme economic and military powerhouse of this planet.
We start this regeneration by producing everything that has any aspect of national security.
Some of the item are cars, cell phones, computer, television sets, radios, broadcasting equipment and much more.
This will give us a running start to supremacy economic and militarily.
And once again, we will be the beacon that the rest of the world guides by, and also envies.
We must also persuade the ultra-right and ultra-left, the haters of America, of the folly of their beliefs and convince them to be part of one strong democratic free America. An America that will lead all nations to peace progress and prosperity.
(William O. Lipinski served in Congress representing the 5th and 3rd Congressional District from 1982 until 2005. Email Bill at BillLipinski@hotmail.com. This column originally appeared in the Des Plaines Valley News newspaper group.)
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