Victor Davis Hanson and the Military
VDH always writes convincingly and clearly. I don’t know how the man pumps out so much stuff that makes so much sense and is so easy to read, but he manages.
Some microtakes from the above linked article:
- Societies that physically protect their citizens and interests prosper; those that don’t generally don’t (unless you can get a free security ride like much of Europe).
- Entitlements are still the elephant in the room; defense spending is still normal based on historical post-war spending lines.
- Military service often turns immature 18-year olds into mature 18-year olds; college doesn’t manage to do the same.
My own microtakes:
- Americans want liposuction for the Department of Defense; Obama is laying in multiple amputations.
- The purpose of the American military is to protect American interests. Sometimes that means being ready to fight in order to avoid having having to fight; other times it comes down to killing people and breaking their stuff, and as a good friend would say, discouraging enough of the survivors for war to end on favorable terms to the U.S. and its allies.