I know you and the B&W speckled haired guy that you hang with got your hands full in dealing with an on-fire world, but let me slip in a little wizened advice from three tinkering thinkers anyway.
For generations now, we've been using and wearing out the wrong hoses. Therefore, I hope you remember Sun Tzu, the Chinese philosopher-warrior's admonition:
"You can fight a war for a long time or you can make your nation strong. You can't do both."
And remember that white-clothed army leader Mahatma Gandhi saying, "The future depends on what we do in the present."
And tie those words together with with Dr. Albert Schweitzer's richly experienced life, "If you truly desire happiness seek and learn how to serve."
Hopefully, over some lunches and dinners you and the Prez will kick these words and ideas around until the proposal herein becomes national policy, then other nations will make it theirs too and the world will be a helluva lot better place"
America and the world need more and different armies.
From the Roman Empire to the spiffily dressed British Armies to domino falling Vietnam, the rich and powerful often forgot too many important ways to win hearts and minds, while concentrating on fear, gunnery, stupidity, and laziness to address needs.
To stifle the recruitment of many more crazed terrorists, we need to build a development army that employees, inspires, does good, and is replicated by other nations.
We need to build a voluntary National Service Corps that puts a million Americans a year into peaceful, productive service. They need to serve at home or abroad.
Many still think using guns and weapons was the "Containment Policy" that stemmed the spread of communism. It helped. But in the end, we contained communism with good works that Americans and other people did to strengthen economies and help people rebuild their lives after a disastrous war, which may have been the last truly necessary war.
Today, we need to contain the spread of "Crazies" with a peaceful, all volunteer National Service Program that fields a million "Yanks" a year, which People's Lobby calls the America's World Service Corps (AWSC) Congressional Proposal.This OP-Ed explains it in another way: Peace Corps, Bin Laden, JFK, Sarge... chasing hearts & minds?
With the world catching on fire, you and the President should strongly call for this kind of program. It doesn't matter that we have a dysfunctional Congress in which some will not initially get behind it or anything the President proposes. What matters is that more of the world and America's citizens hear about our efforts to build it.