Kinky wars

In his essay 50 Shades of Gray: Why the Gray Wars Concept Lacks Strategic Sense Adam Elkus says that Gray Wars are nothing new. They’re just an example of “strategists and civilian analysts inventing new terminology to replace forgotten, yet perhaps more coherent concepts.” Gray Wars are a new name for old ideas in military strategy and political science, limited wars and compellence.

But this doesn’t mean that the concept has any strategic or common sense. It still doesn’t tell American citizens, who are paying for these wars with lives and treasure, what we’re actually fighting for.

Like, what in it for us? Are we like the chick in ’50 Shades of Grey’, indulging the kinks of wealthy, domineering leaders because we need the illusion of security they’re providing?

If so, we’re as deluded as she was.

Are we fighting ISIS and the ideology (Wahhabism) that inspires them? If so, then why are we allied with ISIS’s ideological and financial supporters?

Are we promoting democracy? If so, then why are we allied with so many anti-democratic, authoritarian regimes?

These questions came up in the old cold war days, but at least then we had definable enemies, authoritarian, imperialist, democracy-hating Commies who didn’t pretend to be our friends.

Yes, we have been fighting Grey Wars for decades, but slavery has also existed for centuries. The fact that something has been around for a long time is not proof that it should continue to exist.

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About marypmadigan

Writer/photographer (profession), foreign policy wonk (hobby).
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