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Forum: Miscellaneous Goings On 11-11-2010
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Posted By Chris Case
slapout9, That may be your interpretation,...

slapout9,

That may be your interpretation, but I don't think it has anything to do necessarily with what is right or wrong. I think it is a charitable interpretation and would be happy if that is...
Forum: Miscellaneous Goings On 11-11-2010
Replies: 160
Views: 81,123
Posted By Chris Case
If you were making a claim about what ought to be...

If you were making a claim about what ought to be the case, great. The point I was challenging was the descriptive claim that the "profession of arms serves policy." I claimed that it creates policy....
Forum: Miscellaneous Goings On 11-11-2010
Replies: 160
Views: 81,123
Posted By Chris Case
Thanks for the link. The argument in the article...

Thanks for the link. The argument in the article is focused on what Clausewitz meant by "centers of gravity." While it uses the word "moral" I don't see anything in it that differs from my...
Forum: Miscellaneous Goings On 11-11-2010
Replies: 160
Views: 81,123
Posted By Chris Case
Slapout9, My recollection of Clausewitz is...

Slapout9,

My recollection of Clausewitz is that he refers to "morale" and that it is sometimes conflated with "moral." I am pretty sure that the passages you are referring to are about "morale" by...
Forum: Miscellaneous Goings On 11-11-2010
Replies: 160
Views: 81,123
Posted By Chris Case
No. I thought the context of the discussion would...

No. I thought the context of the discussion would make it clear that here I only mean to discuss policies of using military force to achieve goals. I apologize if you somehow thought that my comment...
Forum: Miscellaneous Goings On 11-11-2010
Replies: 160
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Posted By Chris Case
The first claim seems descriptively false and...

The first claim seems descriptively false and based on some aspirational notion members of the "profession of arms" hold about themselves. The "profession of arms" helps create policy. Not only that,...
Forum: Miscellaneous Goings On 11-11-2010
Replies: 160
Views: 81,123
Posted By Chris Case
Is this hyperbole? An inside joke? I want to...

Is this hyperbole? An inside joke? I want to check before someone takes my comments about it the wrong way.
Forum: Miscellaneous Goings On 11-06-2010
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Views: 81,123
Posted By Chris Case
Good questions

These are questions that the military needs to address.

I would argue that the Army is already involved in formulating policies that drive political struggle. In fact, I think it has been involved...
Forum: Miscellaneous Goings On 11-06-2010
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Posted By Chris Case
Ken, Again, thanks for the comments. I have...

Ken,

Again, thanks for the comments. I have not taken the least bit of umbrage at having a discussion. Do not infer from me trying to be clear about what I am saying and what other people are...
Forum: Miscellaneous Goings On 11-06-2010
Replies: 160
Views: 81,123
Posted By Chris Case
Thanks for your comments. Please do not take this...

Thanks for your comments. Please do not take this the wrong way, but since it already appears that I am off on the wrong foot in the "Small Wars" community, I will push ahead hoping that trying...
Forum: Miscellaneous Goings On 11-06-2010
Replies: 160
Views: 81,123
Posted By Chris Case
This is interesting. How do we classify these...

This is interesting. How do we classify these types of actions? Are they acts of war, politics, justified self-defense, etc.? Also, regarding the claim that "It works well," I personally think we...
Forum: Miscellaneous Goings On 11-06-2010
Replies: 160
Views: 81,123
Posted By Chris Case
Mike, Your claim is true--but my pointing...

Mike,

Your claim is true--but my pointing out the possibility is hardly "ludicrous" as the title of your reply claims. I also did not claim there was any "necessity" in what Bill said either. In...
Forum: Miscellaneous Goings On 11-05-2010
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Views: 81,123
Posted By Chris Case
Preventive War

Here you are asserting a slightly different claim, but I assume the intent is the same. Preparing to be responsive to a "rapidly changing environment" is not illegal. I did not make that claim. Your...
Forum: Miscellaneous Goings On 11-05-2010
Replies: 160
Views: 81,123
Posted By Chris Case
Preventive war?

According to international law, this is illegal. It also violates the moral reasoning that underpins international law (Just War Theory). That being said, it does not follow that we won't do it...
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