"Strength through superior fire power" has been a strategic axiom for ages. Dr. John Lott has demonstrated statistically that crime is reduced in communities where law biding citizens can and do arm themselves. Criminals seek out unarmed victims. The same is true on a larger scale with countries. America has enjoyed a long period of relative peace because we were the biggest and baddest in the valley. At the conclusion of World War I ("The War to End All Wars"), America effectively disarmed and demobilized. When World War II compelled the USA to participate there was a national imperative to mobilize BIGTIME. That remarkable national effort resulted in an extraordinary, and superior military force. Some argue that "we did it before, we could do it again." WRONG. America's loss of manufacturing base, compounded with an obscene conditioning for cooperation and eventual dependence on the most corrupt, incompetent, and anti-American organization in the world (the United Nothing), has eaten away at the essence of what had previously made America great. When the draft-dodger-in-chief was evading military service he wrote of his "loathing" of the military. He has proven by his actions not only the maintenance of his "loathing", but has (some argue) systematically effected the erosion of the once great US military through calculated attrition. The Clinton administration has succeeded politically in doing what no enemy could achieve militarily. These are the AMERICAN MILITARY FORCES that have been attrited since Bill Clinton took office. 709,000 regular service soldiers 293,000 reserve troops 8 standing army divisions 20 air force and navy wings 2,000 combat aircraft 232 strategic bombers 13 strategic ballistic missile submarines 3,114 nuclear warheads on 232 missiles 500 ICBMs with 1,950 warheads 4 aircraft carriers 121 surface combat ships and submarines, plus all the support bases, shipyards and logistical assets necessary to sustain such a naval force. George Santayana once noted that "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." While the mainstream media conspires to keep us distracted with the lurid details of what allegedly did or didn't happen between Clinton and a young intern, we fail to recognize a far greater manipulation which has taken place. My friend Joseph Farah often suggests we "connect the dots." Consider the following: Clinton write of his "loathing" of the military. Clinton visits Soviet Russia accepting the hospitality of Communist leaders. Clinton builds and maintains a political machine which according to FBI Director Louis Freeh resembles organized crime operations. Clinton ignores the advice and counsel of his Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense and transfers authority for satellite technology to his bagman, the Secretary of Commerce (the late Ron Brown). Clinton struggles to disarm America through a series of unconstitutional bills, laws and Executive Orders. Clinton establishes a political and strategic relationship with Communist Red China. Clinton establishes and maintains a political and strategic relationship with a beleaguered Communist Russia. Clinton reduces the operational effectiveness of the US military through a series of non-mission-oriented junkets to Haiti, Somalia, Bosnia, et al. Clinton reduces the strategic effectiveness of the US military through a program of attrition (see above). Clinton (through either sins of commission or omission) allows the Y2K problem to precipitate a "national emergency." I have often noted my frustration with those we elect who swear an oath of office in which they solemnly swear to "Preserve, and protect, the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic. ..." Subsequently we find that immediately (if not sooner) they conspire to abrogate, undermine, and destroy the very document to which they have sworn an oath. I have also noted that such actions (to a reasonable person) would constitute fraud, or even perjury. Yet none are ever held accountable for their actions. None dare call it what is increasingly clear. Webster's defines it as "the betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; perfidy, treachery, corruption in public office; the offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance".