Today we attempt to write on two matters: The readiness of war and what power does to those who have it; and leadership for war that is, its planning, implementation, and are we carrying out those traditions? I can think of no better way to start such a writing than to use our nation due to age, character of founders, and character and principles of men and women. Let’s start with President George Washington.
George Washington:”The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is, in extending our commercial relations to have with them as little political connection as possible. …Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor, or caprice? It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world. …We may safely trust to temporary alliances for extraordinary emergencies. …There can be no greater error than to expect or calculate upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.” source: Farewell Address, Sept. 17, 1796 Foreign relations, treaties, entangling alliances, Foreign policy
As for General Washington he forbids having a political connection openly with them, as well as not extending our commercial relations (trading) with them. President Washington brings the risking of our peace and prosperity with European ambition. What he states next is perhaps genius and our modern day leaders should (notice not could) learn — “It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world…”
It is to this notion that we say that much more better, improved, enhanced, advanced, and developed means should be placed on the monetary exchanges we make with other nations. Two billion dollars per year to Egypt, similar figures belong to Iraq, the Congo, Libya, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Liberia, in fact the whole of western Africa and on to Malaysia through to Australia. Now ask yourselves how much money are we giving Mexico and Central America? We believe like the IRS and the Justice department the spending is out of control and not one person is able to say for sure. (Please look at the post below for a start on domestic spending.)
Alexander Hamilton“Some of the consequences of a dissolution of the Union, and the establishment of partial confederacies had been pointed out. He would add another of a most serious nature. Alliances will immediately be formed with different rival and hostile nations of Europe, who will foment disturbances among ourselves and make us parties to all their own quarrels. Foreign nations having American dominion are, and must be, jealous of us. Their representatives betray the utmost anxiety for our fate, and for the result of this meeting, which must have an essential influence on it. It had been said that respectability in the eyes of foreign nations was not the object at which we aimed; that the proper object of republican government was domestic tranquility and happiness. This was an ideal distinction. No government could give us tranquility and happiness at home which did not possess sufficient stability and strength to make us respectable abroad.” source: Madison, p. 64 foreign policy, establishment of country, constitutional convention, peace, foreign government, foreign nations
Alexander Hamilton is so succinct with his words and feelings. Now in order for a man to read and/or say this in the 1700s is well-beyond his years; however, he takes from Washington and completely surpasses it.
Alexander Hamilton“The principal purposes to be answered by union are these–the common defense of the members; the preservation of the public peace, as well against internal convulsions as external attacks; the regulation of commerce with other nations and between the States; the superintendence of our intercourse, political and commercial, with foreign countries.” source: Federalist Papers, No. 23 reasons for union, role of federal government
Benjamin Franklin“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters. “source: Smyth, Writings of Benjamin Franklin, 9:569
Abigail Adams: “I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature and that power, whether vested in many or a few, is ever grasping, and like the grave cries, “Give, Give.” source: Letter to John Adams, November 27, 1775.power, authority, freedom, corruption, control
Well then it is very clear to us that of every founder or wife thereto knows that one need to prepare their Army’s, Navy’s, especially their Air Forces, Coast Guard, and of course, their Marines before engaging any enemy for war.
One must before initiating for war, must declare a non-secure strategy, troop advances and readiness areas, and proper equipment. Always remembering that your Congress must be asked and funding requisitioned and secured. Of the utmost of importance is to let those who have earned their right to lead these troops into battle and to do what they are the best at doing.
Let us forbid any intercession with prison detainees, or how prisoners are kept. Let us agree on “No micro handling of the troops or men of command” whilst this engagement might take place.
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