Mr. Ledeen states:
It’s not as if we’re at war, after all.
And we’re not. Only our enemies are. It’s like target practice for them. Fortunately, they’re not very good at it, and so they miss a lot. When they win, they find ways to screw it up. They took over Egypt, remember? Then lost it in the “biggest demonstration in human history” (thus sayeth the BBC). They were on the verge of taking over Tunisia, but no more. They made a hash out of Ukraine and Venezuela, then lost the first and are facing the people’s wrath in the second. They keep trying to organize lethal rocket and missile attacks on Israel, only to get destroyed.
But we choose not to be at war.
The article concludes:
For those who actually want to see the world plain, the global network is luminously clear, from North Korea and China to Russia, Iran and Syria, to Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua. Those are the nations aligned against us. They support a variety of terror groups, from al-Qaeda to Islamic Jihad to the various Latin American guerrillas, and they work in cahoots with the narcotics mafiosi.
There are two keystones in this global network: Iran and Venezuela, with Russia manipulating them both as best Putin can. If we see the world plain, the current revolutionary turmoil in Venezuela is enormously important, arguably the most important hot spot on earth today. For if the Castroite tyranny in Caracas were to fall, it would be a devastating blow to the Axis of Evil. The bad guys know it; that’s why, in addition to Cuban intel officers and special forces, Hezbollahis are moving from Damascus to Caracas. Khamenei knows there’s an intimate connection between what happens in Venezuela and what happens in Syria.
But America has chosen to cut its defenses and remain at peace (until we are attacked by the part of the world who chooses to wage war). We need a President, a Congress, or a State Department smart enough to play chess. Evidently we don’t have one.