Brett Friedman said it best. “Can you imagine a USMC 4-Star ever saying “we’ll be unprepared’? Never”
Oh how we long for the days of the NeoCons, when what our generals said didn’t matter.
Perhaps Friedman should ask the General what we will be prepared for, because the General has obviously given that some great thought. That is what generals do; they think.
But more than just thinking, a general adds strategy to the thinking process and his/her strategy has two ends to think about and prepare for: the beginning of the end (which the General says we are not prepared) and the end of the end, which I am betting he is prepared for.
So either seek the advice of the general that tells you that “we’ll be unprepared”, or become a Republican 🙂
But on the other hand, if we somehow bite-the-bullet and Decide to Act according to how we are Oriented (we are a consumer economy) and pay for the debt that we have accrued in the world, perhaps we should take advantage of the environment that we have positioned ourselves in, and opt out.
We have positioned ourselves as a nation of great command, but little control. This is what the General is trying to tell you.
We are unable to fight a war against a nation that is in control of what we want (cool electronic gadgets and games), while at the same time maintaining the demand for those products.
So we are unprepared for war.
At the same time, the advantage we have in the world is our ability to move our culture in new directions, think what Jazz, Blues, Rock and Roll, Rap, ect. has to offer.
This ability to create fast transits (OODA) is pissing many people off, and what the General is also telling you is: we can’t afford to pay for this war against the generation of diversity while at the same time fighting a war against the generation of conformity.
This ability, to generate diversity in our cultures, upsets many people of many orientations.
The greatest Orientation that has been upset has been among our own culture–the Conservatives.
The Conservatives want to enforce conformity, to our past, because it is that Orientation that has been the most successful, in the past.
Unfortunately, the past is no more. We are a nation of command and what control the suppliers of our resources had over us is gone, in a mushroom cloud.
This ability of our culture to diversify does not set well for the party of our culture that demands control, i.e., Conservatives.
The Conservatives want to enforce the conformity of our past on the culture of those generations that are living in the future. These generations are called Liberals.
Liberals want to generate diversity that increase demands, unlike the culture of the Conservatives who want to decrease diversity, to conform to demand.
The problem being: the potential for both diversity and conformity is equal, and so the two structures, the left and Right are at war.
To generate diversity while at the same time enforce conformity will take some kind of strategy over the process, but I believe these two worlds can live together, it is doable.
It’s a game, and you all are invited.