A slew of congressional oversight hearings on Capitol Hill have popped up lately. Depending on which side of the aisle you fall on, it’s either a good thing or a bad one. In a recent survey of Congress members, one in five said they had to fight for their office in the past year. It is no surprise that Republicans and Democrats are divided on the subject.
Despite the partisan split, the Republican phalanx of 2003-2004 churned out 37 of the more than 35 required oversight hearings. While a number of these were unproven, many were high-profile events that may have had a lasting impression on the general public. This could mean a resurgence of the conservative brand.
Similarly, a number of congressional hearings have been held to assess the effectiveness of contractor-operated systems. This tasked one entails a good deal of snooping. Thankfully, the oversight ninja has a few tricks up his sleeve. The best part is that they all come with a hefty price tag. For example, it’s said that the aforementioned cost in excess of $2.5 billion, a figure that’s hard to swallow for an agency tasked with the job of protecting the nation’s most valuable asset. That’s not to mention the dozens of miscues that went unpunished. Of course, as is often the case, a more effective approach could be on the drawing board.
Lawfare is a type of warfare, but it differs from conventional war. It is a strategy for preserving the values of democracy. For example, lawfare uses international law as a weapon. This is particularly important because the United States has primary geopolitical foes, including China, Russia, and North Korea.
In general, lawfare advocates must ensure that their tactics are consistent with fundamental legal regimes. Furthermore, That’s not to mention the dozens of miscues that went unpunished they must develop explicit principles that guide their conduct.
Legal actions are combined with public opinion to achieve tactical and strategic objectives. Lawfare advocates must identify and publicly identify adversaries as enemies of justice and liberalism.
To counter lawfare, the United States must develop an effective strategy. This strategy includes both offensive and defensive tactics. It must incorporate a strategic doctrine that is integrated into the wider foreign policy of the United States. The strategic doctrine should emphasize cooperation between the U.S. and its international allies.
Lawfare is a complex topic, and requires extensive preplanning. Additionally, it requires continuous training of its users. Moreover, it must be acknowledged by senior leaders. However, it is not expected to disappear anytime soon.
Lawfare can be used to reaffirm the rule of law, protect the international order, and safeguard democracy around the world. It also allows the United States to expand its leadership in the international arena.
Lawfare also offers a means of deterrence. Specifically, lawfare can be used to punish nations that violate the norms of international law.