David Cuddy, my old friend from Alaska, has agreed to film and edit a mini-documentary on the San Diego Summit. We’ll fly out and house his camera man, and he’ll do the rest. I have a strong feeling that once David gets his toes wet he’ll want to become more involved. This whole business is very much his cup of tea.
We’ll probably have 10-15 hours of raw footage. The actual meetings of the Summit, plus interviews with all the attendees. The one shot I want above all others is the signing ceremony. There should be agreement on a Resolution, which each attendee will sign, in front of all the others. Not exactly “our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” Just “our word.”
I don’t know how long we want to make it. Maybe a five minute and a twenty minute version. I don’t know. I’ve never done this. Cuddy has made movies, so he’ll have some ideas. There will need to be a spoken introduction. I’m volunteering for that. I don’t intend to be on camera, only my voice. A short description of Article V, and how it relates to where we are today. And, at various points, an explanation of the Summit — what it is and what it is designed to do.
This is exciting stuff, to me. All new. And it should help with turnout. Politicians like being seen in something like this. There’d be something wrong with them if they didn’t.
Why do we have an army? According to the Pentagon, it’s to:
1) Deter attack
2) Strengthen global defense alliances
3) Preclude any “hostile” power from dominating a region “critical to our interests” and also thereby to strengthen the barriers against the reemergence of a global threat to the “interests” of the United States and our allies.
What are our “interests”? Oil used to be one. It’s not any more. Thank you, George Mitchell and Harold Hamm. Freedom of the seas, and of the skies, is an important national interest, one worth fighting for. No one is going to coop us up in the Western Hemisphere. What else? What can’t we do without? Strategically, what is there, outside our borders, that we are willing to fight a war for? Israel, maybe Great Britain and the Anglosphere. Mexico and Canada for sure. That’s about it, as far as I’m concerned. We shouldn’t fight for the Germans or the Japanese or the Koreans. They’re all perfectly capable of fighting for themselves. In spades, if they have to. We speak from experience.
Do we need an Army to defend North America? Really? From the Canadians, or the Mexicans? It’s ridiculous to even think about. Army Rangers and the 82nd Airborne, my Uncle Fritz’s outfit, can handle the borders.
I’ve been a flag waving son of a bitch my whole life. I have been bamboozled into supporting two unnecessary wars in my lifetime, Vietnam and Iraq. I’ve finally learned that being antiwar and pro-American can be one and the same thing.
What took me so long to figure that out?