Principles of War
March 18, 2012 |
Ironically, what has started most wars was trash talk based on nothing but some hypothetical “what if” situations. That’s right, people talked themselves into a war based on what someone else might or might not do. Our very own Civil War is a good example. Nothing had happened to give cause for this war. Lincoln got elected and the Southerners quickly began making up hypotheticals as to what he might or might not do and the war got started before he was even sworn into office.
Right now our GOP presidental candidates are being asked, if president, what they will do if Iran does this or North Korea does that. Of course, most answers are what the candidate think most of us wants to hear. What’s sad, is that we are probably talking ourselves into another war based on nothing but what ifs.
What if instead of answering, a candiadate provided us a copy of his Principles of Foreign Policy and Principles of War along with his Political Principles? They could say, “Here are my principles that govern my thinking and know that I will always stand on these principles.”
To know a leader’s principles is a win-win for everyone, and not just for we the people but for our Allies and enemies as well. Our Allies will have more confidence in us and our enemies won’t cross the line because they’ll always know where they stand.
I’m neither a hawk or a dove. I don’t like war but I do understand sometimes it’s the only way to deal with a leader (dictator) who doesn’t have to answer to his own people. Such men can’t always be reasoned with… but they do understand and respect power.
I’m not running for anything but I do have my Principles of War written down. I’ll show them to you to serve as an example of what subjects a list should contain. It doesn’t matter if you agree with me but you should know what you believe. And then go see if the candadates believe what you believe.
Principles of War
1 ) I believe that every nation has the right to choose their own destiny providing their government does not violate another nation nor violate the basic rights of their own people.
2 ) I believe that every nation has a right, duty and responsibility to defend themselves.
3 ) I believe a strong military is the best deterent for war, although it can not guarantee peace. I believe the term Superpower refers to any nation so strong that no other nation nor coalitions would dare invade it.
4 ) I believe that technology, science, education, economic ties, agreements, treaties, etc, between nations are never guarantees for maintaining a peace or preventing wars.
5 ) I believe that all wars were fought because at least one national leader had made a bad immoral decision.
6 ) I believe the time to protest a war is before a committment is made and the time to critize one is after it’s over. During a war, it is every citizen’s duty to stand united and stay the course. (Note: it’s an oxymoron to say, “I support the troops but not the president.”)
7 ) I believe that before making a decision for war, a nation must clearly understand and justify the reason, the objectives, what is to be gained, the potential unforeseen consequences, and a have a solid plan for the post-war.
8 ) I believe that no one can predict the outcome of any war because there will always be unexpected events that no one can foresee. Therefore, a nation at war must always be prepared for the unexpected.
9 ) I believe a nation needs to seriously consider the fact that they might lose the proposed war and ask themselves, if so, then what? This needs to be addressed beforehand so the leaders will know when to quit before they become the conquered nation.
10 ) I believe democracies do not make good decisions during war because the average citizen doesn’t have the knowledge, skills or experience. Historically, citizens have proven to be fickle and change their minds, thus, failing to stay the course. By the same token, citizens have proven to be too unrealistic and demand too much, thus resulting in lengthy and costly wars with little or no gain.
11 ) I believe the length of all wars should be as short as possible, just long enough to meet the justified objectives.
12 ) I believe no liberating nation should overstay their welcome and should leave as soon as possible. Since nobody wants their nation to be ruled by foreigners, most long occupations will eventually be thought of as foreign rulers.
Added note: Two years of post-war occupation is a realistic goal, provided a good exit plan had been put together in advance. The peace plan should include an intrim constitution as a path for putting together new leadership and constitution and to provide a structure for maintaining civil authority using local police and military forces for keeping the peace. The new government needs to take over as quickly as possible. Should the new government want our troops to stay to deter foreign and/or domestic enemies, then they must pay for it either in cash or in kind. But our military presence should not be used as the police force, patrolling the streets or chasing bad guys.
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