Giuliani And The Next 9/11

Giuliani is looking better and better – he just stated the obvious.

The former mayor said if a Democrat is elected, “it sounds to me like we’re going on defense. We’re going to wave the white flag there.”

But, he said, if a Republican wins, “we will remain on offense” trying to anticipate what the terrorists are going to do and “trying to stop them before they do it.”

Giuliani is correctly stating one of the central findings of Game Theory, namely that, for large targets, offense is a more effective strategy than defense. Thus defending all the targets in the US costs much more than destroying or disabling the smaller number of possible attackers.

Oddly enough, the above quote comes from a report entitled “Giuliani Rebuked” in which Clinton and Obama claim their party is not defeatist. Meanwhile:

The Democrat-led House last night narrowly passed a $124 billion war-funding bill with a timetable to pull out troops from Iraq, voting hours after top U.S. military commanders made a personal appeal to congressional leaders not to meddle in war strategy.

If the US runs from Iraq, it will consign millions of Iraqis, Israelis, Iranians, and others to a bloodbath. And America’s implacable enemies will attack it.

As they did on 9/11.


4 Responses to Giuliani And The Next 9/11

  1. dearieme says:

    Yeah, but you have to attack the right people, not just anyone of vaguely the right sort.

  2. Bill K. says:

    How does Giuliani imagine the United States is on the offensive in the Mideast? Our strategy has been defensive since the fall of Iraq in 2003.

    In order to go back on the offensive we must attack Iran and Syria and not stop until Islam as as state enforced religion is eradicated. I doubt Giuliani or any other candidate would dare go this far at this time. I fear we must wait until another attack on American soil before the politicians will have the nerve to wage total war on Islamism.

  3. gandalf says:


    But isn’t that a bit like complaining in WW2 that we’d started with the Italians, rather than invading Germany first?

  4. gandalf says:

    Bill K

    Right on.

    Where we are now is a rerun of pre- and early-WW2 – appeasement, then defensive battles.

    That led to our near-defeat.

    Then we got serious and destroyed our enemies.

    Sadly, we’ll have to lose a city to see a rerun.

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