Tuesday, November 22, 2022

The Mahan Strategy*?

Subtitle: “Conscious Creation of American Empire”1

Many of us recognize the word Mahan from:
31 And Cain said: Truly I am Mahan, the master of this great secret, that I may murder and get gain. Wherefore Cain was called Master Mahan, and he gloried in his wickedness. (Pearl of Great Price | Moses 5:31)

49 For Lamech having entered into a covenant with Satan, after the manner of Cain, wherein he became Master Mahan, master of that great secret which was administered unto Cain by Satan; and Irad, the son of Enoch, having known their secret, began to reveal it unto the sons of Adam; (Pearl of Great Price | Moses 5:49) 
Alfred T. Mahan
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But how many know the key role that Alfred Thayer Mahan2 (1840 – 1914) played in pivoting the United States toward an obsession with Empire and all that empire building entails when it becomes an obsession?

Here is the account in brief (bold emphasis added):
While [Frederick Jackson] Turner[3] provided the idea for an empire, Mahan provided the more practical guide. In his 1890 work, The Influence of Seapower upon History, he suggested three strategies that would assist the United States in both constructing and maintaining an empire. First, noting the sad state of the U.S. Navy, he called for the government to build a stronger, more powerful version. Second, he suggested establishing a network of naval bases to fuel this expanding fleet. Seward’s previous acquisition of the Midway Islands served this purpose by providing an essential naval coaling station, which was vital, as the limited reach of steamships and their dependence on coal made naval coaling stations imperative for increasing the navy’s geographic reach. Future acquisitions in the Pacific and Caribbean increased this naval supply network (Figure 22.5) Finally, Mahan urged the future construction of a canal across the isthmus of Central America, which would decrease by two-thirds the time and power required to move the new navy from the Pacific to the Atlantic oceans. Heeding Mahan’s advice, the government moved quickly, passing the Naval Act of 1890, which set production levels for a new, modern fleet. By 1898, the government had succeeded in increasing the size of the U.S. Navy to an active fleet of 160 vessels, of which 114 were newly built of steel. In addition, the fleet now included six battleships, compared to zero in the previous decade. As a naval power, the country catapulted to the third strongest in world rankings by military experts, trailing only Spain and Great Britain.4

With the rhetoric of Fredrick J. Turner and the strategies of Alfred Mahan underpinning the desire for expansion abroad, the country moved quickly to ready itself for the creation of an American empire.5
Soon Spain was disposed of as the US went island hopping and mopping up. See the 10 targets illustrated in red on the map: Figure 22.5 here6 which is captained:
Figure 22.5 American imperial acquisitions as of the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898. Note how the spread of island acquisitions across the Pacific Ocean fulfills Alfred Mahan’s call for more naval bases in order to support a larger and more effective U.S. Navy rather than mere territorial expansion.7
Thus, the Mahan strategy has brought us to our present state where we openly brag of lying, cheating, stealing,8 [and murdering, if the truth were fully told]. We the People of the Books and of this nation must not forget the fallen Jaredites and Nephites who once occupied the Americas — “a land which is choice above all the lands of the earth.”9

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List of US Military bases worldwide12

And if we think NA lands will be spared the devastations of coming cataclysms, we fail to grasp the use of archetypes in prophecy. The sins and obsessions of US powers are exhaustively documented for those with the integrity to see and hear.10 This land has been enormously blessed, but in return we have spread over the entire world a spirit of Domination and secret combinations. And even with all our achievements, we do not yet rank with the greatness of the Jaredites (review footnote 9) who were destroyed.

Yes, the U.S. has blessed the world in many ways, but the weighing of good and evil is not a balancing act.11 The spread of Mahanic evil  over the past century (plus) has become a second flood, overwhelming much of the good once done. In our present denials and self-deceptions, this nation will fare little better than the Jaredites unless we turn back with haste to divinely-directed principles and values.

*Strategy: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strategy
1 a(1): the science and art of employing the political, economic, psychological, and military forces of a nation or group of nations to afford the maximum support to adopted policies in peace or war
     (2): the science and art of military command exercised to meet the enemy in combat under advantageous conditions
   b: a variety of or instance of the use of strategy
2a: a careful plan or method : a clever stratagem
  b: the art of devising or employing plans or stratagems toward a goal

1. Corbett, P. Scott; Janssen, Volker John M. Lund; Todd Pfannestiel; Paul Vickery. U.S. History (p. 634). XanEdu Publishing Inc. Kindle Edition.
2. Alfred Thayer Mahan (/September 27, 1840 – December 1, 1914) was a United States naval officer and historian, whom John Keegan called "the most important American strategist of the nineteenth century."[1] His book The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660–1783 (1890) won immediate recognition, especially in Europe, and with its successor, The Influence of Sea Power Upon the French Revolution and Empire, 1793–1812 (1892), made him world-famous and perhaps the most influential American author of the nineteenth century.(Bold emphasis added.)
3. Frederick Jackson Turner (November 14, 1861 – March 14, 1932) was an American historian during the early 20th century, based at the University of Wisconsin until 1910, and then Harvard University. He was known primarily for his frontier thesis. 
The Frontier Thesis or Turner's Thesis (also American frontierism) is the argument advanced by historian Frederick Jackson Turner in 1893 that a settler colonial exceptionalism, under the guise of American democracy, was formed by appropriation of the rugged American frontier. He stressed the process of "winning a wilderness" to extend the frontier line further for U.S. colonization, and the impact this had on pioneer culture and character. A modern simplification describes it as Indigenous land possessing an "American ingenuity" that settlers are compelled to forcibly appropriate to create cultural identity that differs from their European ancestors.[1] Turner's text follows in a long line of thought within the framework of Manifest Destiny established decades earlier. He stressed in this thesis that American democracy was the primary result, along with egalitarianism, of a lack of interest in bourgeois or high culture, and violence. "American democracy was born of no theorist's dream; it was not carried in the Susan Constant to Virginia, nor in the Mayflower to Plymouth. It came out of the American forest, and it gained new strength each time it touched a new frontier," said Turner.[2] In the thesis, the American frontier established liberty from European mindsets and eroding old, dysfunctional customs. Turner's ideal of frontier had no need for standing armies, established churches, aristocrats or nobles; there was no landed gentry who controlled the land or charged heavy rents and fees. Frontier land was practically free for the taking according to Turner. The Frontier Thesis was first published in a paper entitled "The Significance of the Frontier in American History", delivered to the American Historical Association in 1893 in Chicago. He won wide acclaim among historians and intellectuals. Turner elaborated on the theme in his advanced history lectures and in a series of essays published over the next 25 years, published along with his initial paper as The Frontier in American History.[3]
4. Corbett, P. Scott; Janssen, Volker John M. Lund; Todd Pfannestiel; Paul Vickery. U.S. History (pp. 638-639). XanEdu Publishing Inc. Kindle Edition.
5. Ibid. (p. 657).
6. https://cnx.org/contents/orxadmyv@17/Turner-Mahan-and-the-Roots-of-Empire.
7. Corbett, P. Scott; Janssen, Volker John M. Lund; Todd Pfannestiel; Paul Vickery. U.S. History (p. 639). XanEdu Publishing Inc. Kindle Edition.
8. https://dejavu-times.blogspot.com/2020/01/lost-soul-of-america.html
9. Book of Mormon | Ether 1:40-43 (Bold emphasis added)
   40 And it came to pass that the Lord did hear the brother of Jared, and had compassion upon him, and said unto him:
   41 Go to and gather together thy flocks, both male and female, of every kind; and also of the seed of the earth of every kind; and thy families; and also Jared thy brother and his family; and also thy friends and their families, and the friends of Jared and their families.
   42 And when thou hast done this thou shalt go at the head of them down into the valley which is northward. And there will I meet thee, and I will go before thee into a land which is choice above all the lands of the earth.
   43 And there will I bless thee and thy seed, and raise up unto me of thy seed, and of the seed of thy brother, and they who shall go with thee, a great nation. And there shall be none greater than the nation which I will raise up unto me of thy seed, upon all the face of the earth. And thus I will do unto thee because this long time ye have cried unto me.
10. Small sampling:
   ●  Hall, John. Guinea Pigs: Technologies of Control.
   ●  Horn, Thomas; Horn, Nita. Forbidden Gates: How Genetics, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Synthetic Biology, Nanotechnology, and Human Enhancement Herald The Dawn Of TechnoDimensional Spiritual Warfare.
   ●  McCoy, Alfred W.. The CIA's Secret Research on Torture: How Psychologists Helped Washington Crack the Code of Human Consciousness.
   ●  Meerloo, Dr. Joost A. M.. The Rape of the Mind: The Psychology of Thought Control, Menticide, and Brainwashing.
   ●  Monteith, Dr. Stanley. Brotherhood of Darkness.
   ●  Prouty, L. Fletcher. The Secret Team: The CIA and Its Allies in Control of the United States and the World.
   ●  Ross M.D., Colin A.. The CIA Doctors: Human Rights Violations By American Psychiatrists.
   ●  Ross M.D., Colin A.. Military Mind Control: A Story of Trauma and Recovery.
   ●  Rutz, Carol. A Nation Betrayed: Secret Cold War Experiments Performed on our Children and Other Innocent People.
   ●  Scura, John; Phillips, Dane. Battle Hymn: Revelations of the Sinister Plan for a New World Order.
   ●  Simpson, Christopher. Science of Coercion: Communication Research & Psychological Warfare, 1945–1960 (Forbidden Bookshelf 13)
   ●  Valentine, Douglas. The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World. Also The Phoenix Program: America's Use of Terror in Vietnam (Forbidden Bookshelf 5).
   ●  https://dejavu-times.blogspot.com/2018/09/metaphors-for-meghan-mccain-et-al.html
   ●  https://dejavu-times.blogspot.com/2008/06/memo-to-cindy-mccain-et-al.html
11. Either justice and judgment fully weight the scale or mercy does. It's not a 49-51 bad vs. good determination.
Book of Mormon | Alma 34:14-17 (Bold emphasis added.) 
   14 And behold, this is the whole meaning of the law, every whit pointing to that great and last sacrifice; and that great and last sacrifice will be the Son of God, yea, infinite and eternal.
   15 And thus he shall bring salvation to all those who shall believe on his name; this being the intent of this last sacrifice, to bring about the bowels of mercy, which overpowereth justice, and bringeth about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance.
   16 And thus mercy can satisfy the demands of justice, and encircles them in the arms of safety, while he that exercises no faith unto repentance is exposed to the whole law of the demands of justice; therefore only unto him that has faith unto repentance is brought about the great and eternal plan of redemption.
   17 Therefore may God grant unto you, my brethren, that ye may begin to exercise your faith unto repentance, that ye begin to call upon his holy name, that he would have mercy upon you;
Book of Mormon | Alma 42:22-26 (Bold emphasis added.)
   22 But there is a law given, and a punishment affixed, and a repentance granted; which repentance, mercy claimeth; otherwise, justice claimeth the creature and executeth the law, and the law inflicteth the punishment; if not so, the works of justice would be destroyed, and God would cease to be God.
   23 But God ceaseth not to be God, and mercy claimeth the penitent, and mercy cometh because of the atonement; and the atonement bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead; and the resurrection of the dead bringeth back men into the presence of God; and thus they are restored into his presence, to be judged according to their works, according to the law and justice.
   24 For behold, justice exerciseth all his demands, and also mercy claimeth all which is her own; and thus, none but the truly penitent are saved.
   25 What, do ye suppose that mercy can rob justice? I say unto you, Nay; not one whit. If so, God would cease to be God.
   26 And thus God bringeth about his great and eternal purposes, which were prepared from the foundation of the world. And thus cometh about the salvation and the redemption of men, and also their destruction and misery. 
12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_military_bases

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Attribution: Artist's signature not legible; attributed to "Philadelphia Press", Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons; also at Corbett, et al. U.S. History (p. 645).