Letter from the President

by John Lenczowski  |  April 2, 2012  |  FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Friends of IWP, 

The economic slowdown in the United States has serious implications for our ability to maintain our national security.  Just as it was in the 1930s and 1970s, with depression in the first case and stagflation in the second, our economic condition has national strategic implications.  

Even though our defense, intelligence, and foreign affairs budgets are not responsible for the huge deficits, it is these vital national security functions that are being sacrificed to compensate for gross fiscal and monetary policy errors.

Over the past year, we have been witnessing the awful spectacle of the administration's Broadcasting Board of Governors attempting to shut down all shortwave and satellite television broadcasts by the Voice of America to China.  Now, it is persisting in this extremely ill-advised course, as it attempts to cut back Burmese, Laotian, Tibetan, Cantonese, and Vietnamese language broadcasts, and even gutting the central English news service, which provides content to all of our foreign language services.  

Do we want America and American policies to be explained to the rest of the world by foreign (and often hostile) authoritarian propaganda ministries, or do we want to have some chance of getting the truth out by our own means?   Do we want to connect with the peoples of the world to demonstrate our concern for their welfare and our goodwill?  Do we want to serve literally as a lifeline to oppressed peoples who feel alone and abandoned and who thirst for truth amidst their daily force-fed diet of official lies?  

This issue is just the tip of the iceberg in foreign affairs funding, the costs of which run merely into the millions and almost never into the billions.  

Meanwhile, our military capabilities face drastic reductions at the very moment that the Chinese regime is in the midst of a massive military buildup; the deployment of certain weapons systems, such as mobile ICBMs, which the US does not possess; the conduct of de facto cold war policies of cyberwarfare and massive espionage (tens of thousands of Chinese spies permitted by our government into the United States); and the construction of 3,000 miles of underground tunnels to conceal a nuclear arsenal the size of which is unknown to our intelligence community. 

These misguided strategic decisions and attendant budget cuts, accompanied by willful blindness towards some of the greatest threats our country faces, amount to a signal of provocative weakness to our adversaries.  It is a signal that undermines the credibility of our deterrent, and elevates the likelihood that our enemies will attempt to exploit both real and perceived American vulnerabilities.  

The costs of overcoming such challenges will be much greater in the long run than all of the savings of our penny-wise, pound-foolish policies.  

This current situation represents another living testimony as to why America needs leaders with a capability for integrated strategic thinking and to discern our most vital national security interests.  It is the mission of IWP to educate and form such leaders for the long term peace, security, and prosperity of our great nation.  

Let me take this opportunity to thank you for your interest, support, and friendship to our vital mission.  

Sincerely,

John Lenczowski
Founder and President