Wednesday, November 17, 2010

White House Defense Policy

On my mind (briefly) - White House Defense Policy:

I urge the president to include the avoidance of war as top priority on his administration's defense policy. I quote the first line from this web site "The Obama Administration is investing in a strong, agile, well-trained, and well-equipped U.S. military that can fight and win the nation’s wars." I am shocked by the underlying overly narrow and aggressive definition of defense as successful warfare and juxtapose it with the UK's guiding principle on war: "The point of war is not just to win but to make a better peace." It logically follows that it preferable to make better peace without war. This must therefore be the maxime of a comprehensive defense policy.

Moving on to more mundane and immediate topics: Breathe in, breathe out. OK? OK.