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

Tom tomwhore@slack.net
Thu, 20 Mar 2003 16:46:24 -0500 (EST)


On Thu, 20 Mar 2003, Joseph S Barrera III wrote:

--]Jeff Bone wrote:
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--]> On Thursday, Mar 20, 2003, at 14:52 US/Central, Bill Stoddard wrote:
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--]>> Russell Turpin wrote:
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--]>>> 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.
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--]> Agreed!
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--]> jb
--]
--]There really is no excuse for not trimming
--]quoted material down to a minimum before posting.
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Agreed, both to the body and the responses..

th