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  •  The purpose of a military is not warfare (2+ / 0-)
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    The purpose of a military is to provide a credible threat, and in so doing convince a potential adversary that diplomacy is a better course of action.  Specifically, militaries should:

    (1) Possess enough offensive capability to prevent an adversary from massing or employing military forces.

    (2) Possess enough defensive capability to deter an attack.

    (3) Be agile enough to counter an asymmetric threat.

    (4) Be no larger than necessary to accomplish 1 thru 3.

    (5) Be morally led enough to adhere to international law.

    The problem with the U.S. military is that its civilian leadership sees military power as a suitable alternative to diplomacy.  We don't embrace international law when we should, and we fail to present our own civilian leadership with a credible risk of trial for war crimes.

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Gandhi

    by DaveinBremerton on Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 07:05:54 PM PDT

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