I am for defense only. Preemption assumes way too much about the other side, which includes knowledge that either we do not have or choose to ignore. For example, Saddam Hussein negotiated his surrender prior to the US-led invasion of Iraq. The surrender was submitted to the Bush administration. The Bush administration chose to ignore that and invaded anyway, with great loss of life and property.

In the Constitution, war is supposed to be declared by Congress. But various laws and authorizations by Congress are used by Presidents to take military action without declaring war, including offensive and anticipatory military action. This too must end.

And then too, we the people must be ever vigilant against charismatic populists who tell everybody what they want to hear even while they are destroying the Constitution they sworn to protect and defend.

I would promise to respond with overwhelming force when and where you least expect it.

Architects of Disaster book

About budbromley

Bud is a retired life sciences executive. Bud's entrepreneurial leadership exceeded three decades. He was the senior business development, marketing and sales executive at four public corporations, each company a supplier of analytical and life sciences instrumentation, software, consumables and service. Prior to those positions, his 19 year career in Hewlett-Packard Company's Analytical Products Group included worldwide sales and marketing responsibility for Bioscience Products, Global Accounts and the International Olympic Committee, as well as international management assignments based in Japan and Latin America. Bud has visited and worked in more than 65 countries and lived and worked in 3 countries.
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