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Throughout history, governments that have prepared to wage the next war have usually done better on the battlefield than opponents who were trying to refight past wars, even when the latter were seemingly superior in both numbers and in supplies. This is why the Germans and Japanese conquered so much territory so quickly at the beginning of WW2, and were defeated only after the Allies started developing and using military technology that was better than theirs. It's also why the U.S. was defeated in Vietnam: we were trying to re-fight the Korean War and the enemy was using a more innovative strategy that relied mostly on guerrilla warfare instead of conventional warfare based on occupying and defending territory.

However, it looks to me like every American President since Ronald Reagan has been making a serious effort to prepare for the next war, not the last, and that the United States may have already made several technological breakthroughs intended to give us an advantage in any future war, no matter where it is fought or against whom. I've recently seen a significant amount of evidence that our military industrial complex is in the process of developing robot and remote-controlled weapons intended to significantly reduce our battlefield casualties in any conventional warfare scenario, and of perfecting electronic interrogation equipment that can literally read the minds of suspected enemies and give us a definite intelligence advantage over anyone who doesn't have access to it. Notice the present war in Iraq actually begins to make sense if one assumes that it is being fought primarily to provide a proving-ground for futuristic military equipment and tactics.  GWB's bragging that his policies prevented a devastating terrorist attack on U.S. territory also makes sense if we had the kind of intelligence-gathering technology described above. Of course, this assumption also increases the likelihood that the Bush Administration allowed or encouraged the 9/11/01 WTC attacks for political reasons...

I also strongly suspect that President Obama was given proof of the two claims I just made as soon as he was elected, and was also convinced that he will eventually have to wage war because we haven't waged peace in the sense of being economically prepared to compete in the world market that is now developing. We have allowed our manufacturing infrastructure to collapse to the point where we are going to be dependent on imported products of all kinds for decades, even if we start building new factories immediately. We are also still so dependent on energy imports that we may have to resort to military action at any time to keep the supplies flowing, and it will also take decades to fix this problem even if we stop just talking idly about this and actually start doing it.

So it looks to me like President Obama, regardless of what his personal political ideology and personal ethics may be, is preparing to actually "win war on terror" over the short term by identifying and neutralizing a lot of the people actually involved. I'm pretty sure the reason he hasn't turned all of the Guantanamo prisoners over to face regular military or civilian courts is because the "electronic mind-reading" techniques I've been eluding to have revealed that many of them have committed crimes that deserve severe punishment but that there is insufficient other evidence to convict them. And I'm almost as sure that he's taking quiet action against terrorists overseas and in this country using information from these same sources, but without talking about it as much as George W. Bush did. I also think Obama is encouraging the Military Industrial Complex to continue giving top priority to "robo-warfare" as it did all through the Bush Administration as well.

Does this mean that Obama is "no better than Bush" or that he's abandoned his plans to make "changes for the better" that amount to what I call "waging peace"? At this point, I'm not at all sure.  I do know that he's acting like a man who just found out the two "secrets" I revealed above and is trying to act appropriately.

I also suspect that Obama has not been able to break the agreement that many conspiracy theorists believe the Bush Administration made with Israel a couple of years ago -- that if the Israeli military started a limited nuclear war in the Middle East and left most of the Islamic countries there radioactive wastelands, we would protect them from reprisals by any other nations. I tend to believe these rumors may be true, because we have a powerful economic incentive to allow this to happen -- if most of the Middle Eastern oil fields become too radioactive for people to work, we now have automated  equipment for extracting and shipping the oil and sufficient "robo-soldier" and "armed drone" technology to defend the area from other countries. This would solve our energy problems for a long time to come, and I can even imagine Obama accepting it as just another item in the long list of "necessary evils" that he's going to have to make use of if he doesn't want to fail utterly in his job as President.

Now, I'm sure most readers asking, "What is the evidence that robotic and remote-controlled warfare have become our top military priorities, and that the intelligence-gathering technology I've described here actually exists. IMO, there is so much evidence for the former that a few simple Google searches will turn enough of it to satisfy most people -- the only thing I've said here that's not already common knowledge is how much this technology is influencing our military and foreign-relations policies right now.  As for the "super lie detectors" and "electronic mind-reading devices", well, a number of such experiments have been described in articles that are accessible on line, but they're not easy to find, because they're masterpieces of understatement, for obvious reasons.  Here's an example:

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"Researchers from Japan's ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories have developed new brain analysis technology that can reconstruct the images inside a person's mind and display them on a computer monitor, it was announced on December 11. According to the researchers, further development of the technology may soon make it possible to view other people's dreams while they sleep."

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