Firstly, yes, yes we do.BrentWil (1,996 posts)
Does the US need an Army, Air Force, Navy or intelligence agencies?
What sort of national defense apparatus does the United States actually need to protect its people?
And the person you run it by will just look at you like the idiot that you are.jberryhill (27,072 posts)
1. There's nothing about an Air Force in the Constitution
Run that one by a teabagger some time.
Even a selective interpretation would be hard stretched to make that connection.truebluegreen (442 posts)
10. Even better, in the confronting-a-teabagger scenario
is that the Constitution expressly forbids a standing army.
Aren't they the ones who think the only reason to have a federal government is the military?
"To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years"
Hence yearly defence appropriation bills. Congress raised the Army, and supports it with defence appropriation bills lasting for one year, instead of 10 or so.
*sighs*RC (20,056 posts)
7. What good is a military that is scattered all over the world, doing everything but defending this
country In fact they are doing more to make enemies than they are in keeping the peace.
Hey look, some kids playing! Where's the nearest drone?
What am I, a hired mercenary from some other country. I am a citizen. I am not some faceless storm trooper serving the Empire (sorry SR). Sorry, but your reasoning makes as much sense as a dick sandwich does.Selatius (20,214 posts)
16. We need a citizen army. We do NOT need an IMPERIAL ARMY. We have an imperial army.
We should go back to the days where the United States relied upon conscripts or community militias, much like Switzerland of today. In a time of great war, the United States could draft a citizen army to fight the major campaigns and then demobilize once it ends. The Civil War is a good example.
Citizen armies are poor instruments in the pursuit of imperial ambitions. They are heterogeneous in political thought, and because citizens come from all walks of life, you are guaranteed against having an army that is dominated by one school of thought. Orders that are immoral will likely face internal opposition from some segments of the military.
To build an empire or expand your sphere of economic influence, you want a military force that is mostly if not entirely all-volunteer. You need a permanent standing army, and an all-volunteer military force fits the bill. Such an army can be crafted through training and reinforcement and social engineering to filter out political thought that may be seen as "counter-productive" towards the goals of projecting military force and imposing control or gaining influence on foreign soil.
You need an army that internalizes the statement that no order is an immoral order. It will be carried out no matter the conditions. It is an army built upon blind obedience to authority. This is the kind of army that Stalin and Hitler used on the battlefield.
These folks never fail to dissapoint.