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Wars To End War

kevin 2032 Wrote: Aug 09, 2012 4:40 AM
A "defense only" military strategy is a recipe for failure and increased costs. Rather, we should minimize defensive postures and maximize attacks on the enemy centers of power. Here Stossel conflates two entirely different and distinct things: destroying government through invasion, and creating a substitute government through nation-building. The military should be run in accord with free enterprise principles. This is not a new idea, but apparently it is new to Stossel.
The Teleprompter Speaks Wrote: Aug 09, 2012 12:42 PM
How would you run the military in free enterprise principles? Take bids in bombing Iran?
risher3 Wrote: Aug 09, 2012 10:24 PM
You guys are obsessed with bombing Iran aren't you?
MoreFreedom Wrote: Aug 09, 2012 11:53 AM
"The military should be run in accord with free enterprise principles." Exactly how would this work? Privatize the military so it's 100% mercenaries for hire and then government (being the single customer) would choose among competing mercenary firms?

In a free enterprise system, transactions and actions are done voluntarily, and businesses don't use force against people. You can't get away from the use of force by the military - their plan is to use force.

The idea that government can be run "in accord with the free enterprise system" is apparently still in fashion with those who think government is benign and has the same incentives as businesses that have competition, rather than a monopoly, on the use of force no less.
On his recent trip abroad, Mitt Romney observed an American taboo by not criticizing President Obama's military policy. But before his trip, he made his position clear. Obama has "exposed the military to cuts that no one can justify," Romney said.

He meant that unless Congress intervenes, Pentagon spending will be cut by more than $500 billion over 10 years under the (bipartisan) budget sequestration scheduled for January. This terrifies those who fear that limiting the growth of the military-industrial complex will leave us less safe.

But is that true? Even if $500 billion is actually cut, America still will spend...