LONG WARS AT HOME AND ABROADby Tom Hayden
To the Long War against Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan must be added the globalized Long War against drugs and street gangs. Without being declared national policy, counterinsurgency is beginning to define both foreign and domestic government approaches.
A Long War is a permanent war over many decades against an enemy so demonized that political solutions are rendered unthinkable, off the table. Such a war is virtually permanent, greatly clandestine, beyond democratic accountability, and its enormous casualties and budgetary costs little discussed. [See www.longwarjournal.org]
Welcome to the joining of domestic and foreign policy through a single national security apparatus, in which former issues seen as political and economic have been redefined as crime, drugs and terrorism.