OSS Statement on Today's Attacks in Strategic Context

Sep 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Open Source Solutions, Inc.

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Robert David Steele,
 founder of OSS Inc., 25-year veteran of the U.S. national security community
 and author of ON INTELLIGENCE: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World (AFCEA,
 2000): "The tragedy of today's coordinated attacks against the World Trade
 Center and the Pentagon -- with other targets expected shortly -- must be
 regarded as the Pearl Harbor of the 21st Century.  Our national leaders have
 wasted ten years since the end of the Cold War, failing to understand that it
 is instability, poverty, oppression, disease, and cultural conflict that
 require the USA to expend billions of dollars on stabilizing and nurturing the
 Whole Earth.  These attacks should not be misunderstood -- they are the
 equivalent of a thousand monks and Quakers immolating themselves in front of
 the American people."
     Mr. Steele goes on to note, "As Robert McNamara and others have pointed
 out, 'at least two thirds of the world's people -- Chinese, Russian, Indians,
 Muslims, and Africans' -- see the United States as the single greatest threat
 to their societies, because of our 'intrusive, interventionist, exploitative,
 unilateralist, hegemonic, hypocritical practices' of 'economic imperialism'
 and 'intellectual colonialism'."
     Mr. Steele concludes: "America is the greatest country in the world, but
 we have lost sight of our moral foundations, failed to listen to our great
 strategists Zbigniew Brzezinski and Stephen Metz, and completely closed down
 the U.S. Department of State and our foreign assistance endeavors.  It is time
 for a Global Marshal Plan that respects the fact that the Whole Earth is a
 closed system.  It is time to give Colin Powell what he needs to save the
 world -- only by saving the world can we save America."
     On this occasion Steele and Professor Stephen Cimbala have re-released
 their earlier warning on the need for a new concept of deterrence in the 21st
 Century.  Their joint communique can be downloaded quickly (539 words) from
 http://www.oss.net/Papers/white/TodaysAttacks.doc .
     Asked why the U.S. Intelligence Community failed to anticipate these
 attacks, Steele responded: "Our enemies are intelligent -- they know that the
 U.S. has spent all of its money on technical collection that can be easily
 defeated by simply not using any electronic equipment.  These attacks were
 arranged on a face-to-face basis with trusted individuals willing to die for
 their cause."
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