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Mon Mar 10, 2014, 07:20 PM Mar 2014

Should the U.S. only use military force in defense of itself? [View all]

I posted a couple of threads about how we Americans view other countries, and what countries we think we should defend with our military. I got a surprising number of answers that we should only use our military in defense of this country, as in defending from an attack by another nation, for example, Japan bombing Pearl Harbor.

So, I was curious how widespread this is on DU. Do you think we should only use the military in defense of our nation? So this would mean not using our military to defend any foreign country against attacks.

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Yes, the United States should only use the military in defense of the United States itself
3 (33%)
No, the United States should also use its military to protect allies and other countries we regard as "friends"
6 (67%)
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Our military should primarily be geared towards self defense... WatermelonRat Mar 2014 #1
Might depends on whether or not members of the administration have vested corporate interests dipsydoodle Mar 2014 #2
The US should use military force to defend our allies ONLY WHEN ALL OTHER OPTIONS .... Scuba Mar 2014 #3
... And everyone's dead and the issue is long settled... Lost_Count Mar 2014 #9
So you're advocating the Bush Doctrine? Scuba Mar 2014 #14
You're the only one talking about that... Lost_Count Mar 2014 #15
Oh, cute smear! I'm not a "grown up"! What a well-crafted argument! Scuba Mar 2014 #16
The point... Lost_Count Mar 2014 #21
So why aren't we going in guns blazing, in for example, North Korea? People starve there every day. Scuba Mar 2014 #22
Defending other nations should only be done through the UN. Warren Stupidity Mar 2014 #4
^^This^^ truebluegreen Mar 2014 #5
Russia can block those kinds of UN resolutions Jenoch Mar 2014 #6
Yes they can, and so what? Consensus on resorting to military action is a good thing. Warren Stupidity Mar 2014 #7
Since you can predict the future, Jenoch Mar 2014 #10
I forsee that you lack an actual argument. Warren Stupidity Mar 2014 #12
I guarentee you there will be times when the UN Jenoch Mar 2014 #13
Still hazing a sad over Syria? Warren Stupidity Mar 2014 #20
Nope, Jenoch Mar 2014 #23
+10000. nt. polly7 Mar 2014 #18
11 people don't understand the concept of diplomacy... Lost_Count Mar 2014 #8
No. The Straight Story Mar 2014 #11
I had to think about it gollygee Mar 2014 #17
The US is the greatest threat out there, to its own citizens as well reddread Mar 2014 #19
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