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'Proportional' Response

GPeyton Wrote: Apr 09, 2013 1:51 PM
"What announcing the doctrine of "proportional" response does is lower the price of aggression. Why would we want to do that?" The wizards of smart aren't announcing this to the North Koreans (or other enemies), they are announcing it to their peacenik friends, in hopes of comforting them that these wizards are not blood thirsty war mongers, as they have labeled their predecessors. They prefer to gamble with the lives of the masses, so long as they remain in good graces with their friends and supporters. They are sick.
Since when has it been considered smart to tell your enemies what your plans are?

Yet there on the front page of the April 8th New York Times was a story about how unnamed "American officials" were planning a "proportional" response to any North Korean attack. This was spelled in an example: If the North Koreans "shell a South Korean island that had military installations" then the South Koreans would retaliate with "a barrage of artillery of similar intensity."

Whatever the merits or demerits of such a plan, what conceivable purpose can be served by telling the North Koreans in advance that they...

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