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The Worst Cancer of All

The Contrary Perspective

Deploy them only when needed, and in wars only when approved by a formal Congressional declaration Deploy them only when needed, and in wars only when approved by a formal Congressional declaration

W.J. Astore

Also at Huffington Post.

President Obama’s decision to deploy 3,000 troops to Liberia in Africa to assist in efforts to contain Ebola got me to thinking about the military as white blood cells. As a military officer, I took an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. In a sense, I was vowing to defend the collective body politic just as white blood cells defend our individual bodies against “enemy” invaders.

But when was the last time the United States faced invaders who posed a virulent and direct threat to our existence? Invaders who directly attacked (or planned to attack) and utterly defeat our body politic? You’d have to go back to World War II and Japan’s attack at Pearl Harbor; similarly, Nazi Germany did have plans…

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One comment on “The Worst Cancer of All

  1. WP
    October 2, 2014

    Along with every little thing which seems to be developing within this area, a significant percentage of opinions are actually fairly radical. Nonetheless, I beg your pardon, but I can not give credence to your whole plan, all be it exciting none the less. It would seem to everyone that your commentary are generally not entirely rationalized and in fact you are generally yourself not even totally convinced of your assertion. In any event I did appreciate reading it.

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