American Power and Nationhood

Jim Hanson

5 year ago

September 18, 2017

Security Studies Group was mentioned in a New York Times article about President Trump’s tweets regarding the London bomb attack.

Mr. Trump also does not hesitate to point fingers after suspicious explosions in European cities. Some counterterrorism experts were also asking whether Friday’s explosion was another instance in which the police overseas had mishandled tips about a possible attack. On “Fox & Friends” shortly before the president tweeted, Jim Hanson, a security analyst who served in the Army Special Forces, said, “My fear, again, is that we’re going to find out this is someone who is known to police.”

A website for the firm Mr. Hanson runs, Security Studies Group, says it focuses on “defending the value of American power against the true threats we face” against a Washington elite that has been “unable or unwilling to address and communicate the most basic requirements of American nationhood.”

It is always nice to get noticed and it offers an opportunity to expand upon the quote from our site that describes us. Our Sr. VP Brad Patty is working on a series of papers outlining our basic philosophy, but I wanted to get the ball rolling. Here is the next line from our site.

“Both the legislative and executive branches need rapid access to concise and factual data to inform strategic re-orientation in counterterrorism and national security policy. That’s what Security Studies Group is all about.”

I would add thought leaders and the American public to the list of folks who need good information as well. We included the media in with think tanks which have failed to help do that. That’s the “what” we think needs to be done, now the “how” and “why”.

America truly is the exceptional nation, although that concept is constantly misused and misconstrued, so let me explain. Our founding was based on individual liberty as the Declaration of Independence proudly trumpets & the Constitution was designed to ensure the state cannot supersede that “for our own good”. That freedom has been a beacon, you could say a “shining city on a hill”, to the world since then.

It has brought us great prosperity and it has given us great responsibility. Keeping this country safe is the first function of our government and that requires us to maintain a national security apparatus and foreign policy that accomplishes that. The United States military is the greatest force for freedom ever assembled on the face of this Earth. From the Revolution which freed us from a tyrant, to the Civil War which freed the slaves, to WWI & WWII which stopped tyranny from spreading across the globe, to the Cold War where we defeated totalitarian Socialism, to our current fight against #Islamism, we have fought for the cause of freedom.

That does not mean we should fight for every cause, or every freedom. We must choose those that are intrinsic to our national security, which is part of the concept we mention in the phrase “basic requirements of American nationhood”. A nation, first and foremost must have a defined physical space with borders that it controls. It must also have a fundamental purpose, which is brilliantly elucidated in the preamble to the Constitution as the requirement to

“establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”

Both the physical and intellectual underpinnings of American nationhood are necessary for the continued success of this great experiment. Security Studies Group bases our approach to national security and foreign policy on what best accomplishes the goals set forth in the Constitution.

So when we focus on “defending the value of American power against the true threats we face” that means creating and advocating for policies that protect the nation and all citizens. The threats are many, the policy options are numerous, sot new ideas must be put into play and old ones dusted off and reexamined.

We start from the concept of Peace through Strength which President Ronald Reagan so brilliantly championed. The best fight is the one we don’t have. But that requires a credible threat of military force and the occasional application of violence against a deserving bad actor “pour encourager les autres”— to encourage the others.

We’ll dig a bit deeper into these concepts once our esteemed deep thinker Dr. Patty brings the heavy artillery into play. But this gives an idea what we are up to here.




About the Author

Jim Hanson

Jim served in US Army Special Forces and conducted Counter-Terrorism, Counter-Insurgency as well as Diplomatic, Intelligence and Humanitarian operations in more than a dozen countries. He is the author of Cut Down the Black Flag – A Plan to Defeat the Islamic State, and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, BBC, Al Jazeera, Deutsche Welle, C-Span, and numerous national radio shows.