The US military's first purpose is not to wage war (was: Loving The Troops)

Jeff Bone
Thu, 20 Mar 2003 15:21:01 -0600

On Thursday, Mar 20, 2003, at 15:15 US/Central, Joseph S Barrera III 

> Jeff Bone wrote:
>> On Thursday, Mar 20, 2003, at 14:52 US/Central, Bill Stoddard wrote:
>>> Russell Turpin wrote:
>>>> The US military's first purpose is to present
>>>> a demonstrated capability of waging war. To use
>>>> the analogy to a pistol, if you ever go to use
>>>> it in a confrontation, things are already screwed
>>>> up more than you would ever hope.
>>>> Someone who measures the US military by its recent
>>>> wars would find a very mixed record. They almost
>>>> all represent failures of policy and diplomacy,
>>>> and the ones that aren't examples of military
>>>> action that should have been avoided often are
>>>> bollixed by military action that should have been
>>>> made sooner. That's not too surprising. Wars
>>>> stem from collosal failure.
>>>> But that's the wrong way to judge the US
>>>> military. You have to also look at what was
>>>> enabled without active warfare. NATO never fought
>>>> the USSR, but it did safeguard west Europe during
>>>> the cold war. The US stopped fighting North Korea
>>>> a half century past, but its continued military
>>>> presence is the sole reason for South Korea's
>>>> continued existence. The US military also enables
>>>> Japan to remain a largely pacifist nation. These
>>>> are large successes, representing significant
>>>> martial effort, in areas where the US did not
>>>> engage in war during those periods.
>>>> Of course, even outside the wars fought, the US
>>>> military has been put to some dreadful uses.
>>>> Defoliating forests in Colombia does little
>>>> besides sicken and impoverish poor people, and
>>>> denude natural habitat. My point isn't to paint
>>>> everything sweetness and light, but to enlarge
>>>> the scope by which people sometimes look at the
>>>> military, especially during the time of a
>>>> controversial war. One can reasonably hold both
>>>> (a) that THIS war is misguided, or even that most
>>>> US wars have been misguided, yet (b) the US
>>>> military serves critical and legitimate purpose,
>>>> and service in it is honorable.
>>> Russell,
>>> Thanks you. A voice of reason in the mindless forest.
>> Agreed!
>> jb
> There really is no excuse for not trimming
> quoted material down to a minimum before posting.
> - Joe

Agreed.  Annoying as hell.  People who fail to trim should be shot. ;-)


PS - mea culpa, apologies...