Many countries are using their army to invade other countries. So I think that the armies should be known as Offense Services. What do you think?
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That's a good question. We used to call what is now the Defense Department the "War Department" which was more accurate.
I would say that your perception is tainted?
Military isn't for offensive, but is for defense of domestic protection(against invasion from internal sources) and in defense of foreign attack.
Being attacked first and then attacking back is a defensive position, not offensive.
You mean like our invasion of Iraq I presume? Or Vietnam? Or Korea? If my memory serves the last war that fits your definition is WWII.
Which battle would you like to discuss Ralph? The first battle was in defense of another Nation. The second battle was in defense of people?
Or Vietnam? Wasn't this in support of another Nation?
Or Korea? Wasn't this in support of another Nation?
I wouldn't want your memory.
"Military isn't for offensive, but is for defense of domestic protection(against invasion from internal sources) and in defense of foreign attack."
Cagsil, please explain who was attacking the United States from Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam or Korea. The Korean and Vietnam wars resulted from an unjustified, as history has shown, fear a threat from the spread of Communism. Our invasion of Iraq was insane. Our invasion of Afghanistan was also a great mistake as proven by our killing of Bin Laden by a small Navy Seal mission. Attempting to civilize Afghanistan is a waste of our lives, money and time.
[I recognize that the 9-11 attack was masterminded by Bin Laden who was based in Afghanistan, but the government, such as it was, didn't attack the United States.)
The majority of Afghani men have NO IDEA that there was an attack on America on 9/11. They do not have tv, cable, cell phones, FB, Twitter etc......
All they KNOW is that there are invaders occupying THEIR sovereign Nation....
They are defending their homeland!
Bin Laden is dead! Mission accomplished!
Bring our soldiers home NOW!!!!!!!!!
Most countries are using their armies purely for defense, search and rescue, disaster responding and UN-controlled peacekeeping.
Are we really that immature that we can't understand the need for pre-emptive military action? Do we forget our history that quickly ? Does Pearl Harbor ! ring a bell for you?
Fraid not , Obama is a social worker on steroids Ralph, And Clinton was even worse. Niether were real patriots!
And I always get a kick out of liberals that squeal like sissies at a prom where the liberties of freedom of speech are concerned. You ride the waves of freedom until the crap hits the fan and then move on to another less troublesome country. Isn't it time to look at Switzerland or someplace neutral!
I'm a liberal and my ancestor signed the Declaration of Independance. I am a true patriot and I will stand up for this country. My great grandmother fought for the right to vote. My father fought in the Vietnam War. I think it laughable when a republican believes they are the only true patriots. Get off your high warhorse there Mister.
Being the daughter of patriot s, you have no excuse for not understanding the need for pre-emptive military action , your ancesters understood this well, Wasn't the actual signing of the declaration of independence .....a pre emtive action against another country? Or was that all he did by for the upcoming war by signing it? Just asking !
Judiburton, Alright liberal ,cconservative , it doesn't realy matter does's it?
But what does matter is a realization that some leaders of this world are truely evil, and that taking a defensive posture isn't going to stop that evil BUT allow it a free reign to do as it wishes. Who then will survive a Hitler for instance . You would be speaking German or perhaps Japanese as a language if it wern't for offensive military intervention.
Evan Rodgers ...you're response is typical of the comedic mentality of the P.C. liberal . All consevatives are rednecks.! My advice to the poster children of immaturity as yourself....read your history and put your crayons away!
Don't be a sap OW. He's right. For every good intention the average American had while supporting military conflict since the last WW, our government, in cahoots with big corporations, have used those conflicts to make the rest of us look like greedy and insensitive jerks who care only for what we can gain.
From where I'm standing this inability to recognize the ulterior motives shows the good heart and naivete of our citizens, but I'm not living under the barrage of bombs and I haven't lost loved ones because of a conflict I didn't ask for.
Our military commanders have been following the directives of an aggressive government for quite some time and it's past the time that we should take both back and reset their courses. Because they've started turning inward now and viewing our own citizens as the enemy also. If we wait much longer, it will be too late.
ROFL - if you think I'm a liberal, then you sure haven't been paying attention to what I've been writing!
I bet I'm more conservative than you are! Quit bailing out failing companies, quit using my tax money to fund welfare, quit stealing my money to pay for failed wars...
I'm an anarchist, but I'll settle for the Constitution.
Ron Paul 2012.
I truely understand the O.P.s question and intention. There is now in America a military industrial complex that is far more influential than the labor unions when it comes to politics and policy. In fact it actually over shadows our very government! That has also been around sinse the beginning , and I ask you this , who do you all work for , G.E.? , Boeing? General Motors , or are you in the benificial shadows of these giants of our great war economy. Chemical engeneering? Nasa, ? Do you tech our children science ?......where does it end ? The tenticals of our economy run deep. That very industrial complex often only functions in the shadows when it comes to political influence . Lobbyism , thier donations to political campaigns are at an all time high. and all your Congressman has to do is quietly function behind the scenes in thier behalf!...Want to sell more of your manufactured product , create a demand .......boom ....war!
So far your question is only appliable to the United-States! Don't make it a false generality?
The US had a Defense Department until it became an empire. Since most Americans don't know they live in an empire, it would hardly be prudent for them to call it an Offense Department.
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