A Defense Department of Lawyers

I’m chary of Bill O’Reilly’s proposal to outsource the war on terrorism to a newly formed mercenary army for many reasons. Far from the least is the idea of a semi controlled force wandering around the world, we already have too much of that sort of nonsense. For me, it’s also a bit too reminiscent of the Romans hiring barbarian hordes to fight Rome’s battles.

But you know, Jonah Goldberg makes some good points here. American defense policy has become bogged down in the glut of policy and lawyers in the defense establishment. I’m not sure that it is possible for a soldier who know how to fight a war to succeed in the hierarchy anymore, it’s far more concerned with credentials and degrees than it is with effectiveness.

And that I think may be what O’Reilly is seeing as well, I haven’t read into his plan, I’m instinctively against it but, we need to do something, maybe anything, different. Because when the United States, which is immensely more powerful now, than it was 70 years ago when we defeated Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan and then proceeded to face down the Soviet Union for 50 years, can’t defeat a bunch of lightly armed and indifferently organized terrorists, we have a structural problem.

In any case, here is Jonah Goldberg

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly wants a mercenary army to supply the ground forces in the latest installment of the War on Terror.

And it seems the smart set can’t stop laughing. The Washington Post’s media blogger, Erik Wemple, called it an “insane” idea and suggested that allowing O’Reilly to peddle the idea on CBS This Morning was an “insane departure from that show’s standard.” The whole spectacle, Wemple opined, proved that O’Reilly will “never be much of a thought leader in policy circles.”

It’s true that on the left and the right, O’Reilly’s idea is being scorned fairly mercilessly. That’s understandable on the left. Arguably the most hated host at the most hated news network (in large part because both are so successful), O’Reilly could come out in support of the law of gravity and the usual suspects would run the headline, “Fox Host Supports Law Requiring Babies and Puppies to Fall from Great Height When Dropped.”

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22 Responses to A Defense Department of Lawyers

  1. Indeed, O’Reilly is out of his mind. You do not outsource your security. Ask the Rolling Stones how that worked out for them at Altamont. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      I often think that about (There-oughta-be-a-law) O’Reilly. His type has much to answer for in our situation, I think. 🙂

      But something does need to change.

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      • Well I hope it comes soon. He would have done well to listen to Krauthammer on this one. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          One should always listen to Krauthammer, although I’m more with Jonah on this one. 🙂

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    • Mike says:

      What do you think we’re doing when we create a ‘coalition’? Tasks are assigned to various other countries instead of companies. Nation States have always been leery about mercenary armies as they have no point of origin to punish should they ‘lose their way’ so to speak. But we already use an inordinate number of contractors (today’s PC term for mercenary) as it is. The number has increased under Obama… just let anyone on the Left know.
      No, the idea is not insane, but it will never win favor. Refer to Executive Outcomes and the story behind them and you’ll hear all of these arguments writ large. In the end, effective sans controlled is not what we’re looking for.

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      • NEO says:

        I disagree on coalition, that should be countries that share the goal, not that it always is, of course.

        Not insane, I agree. I just don’t think it the right answer, and the point is control but, not overcontrol.

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        • Mike says:

          I don’t think I explained coalition and the connection to my muddled thought. We find it acceptable to assign tasks to other countries not just to share responsibility and demonstrate it’s not just Us, US, ‘going it alone, but they have a Country… Government… and Politicians etc. that pressure can be applied to if those soldiers get out of control. In other words, Soldiers from a nation State Good… Soldiers from no Nation State Bad.
          I’m still probably not communicating very well, but that was my only point with coalitions.

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        • NEO says:

          That’s a valid point. My thinking isn’t all that clear today either.

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        • Yes, “coalition” is Allies, but again real “Allies”! And btw, without them Norwegian Allies, who blew-up that German heavy-water, we would all have been in very deep trouble!

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        • That was WW II btw.

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  2. Well, my family origins came from the mercenary Hessians that the Brits enlisted against this unruly colony and it only took a ‘bribe’ by George Washington (free land in the west for those who laid down their arms) to get 100,000 of them to leave Long Island and head for WV, KY, PA etc. I think you will have a harder time bribing a patriot than a mercenary – not to mention that the will to fight is always more intense when you are with a band of brothers rather than a ‘coalition’ of the willing. After all, the coalitions in the past wars were with countries and cultures we somewhat understood and not tribal peoples we have no understanding of nor any inkling of how long and hard they will fight before declaring us as their enemy – using our own weapons against us.

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    • NEO says:

      Incidentally, you Hessians were a lot of the reason why no settlement was possible, and they were here because the English would not enlist to fight the British.

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      • Precisely, NEO – and those old Hessians became some of the most patriotic Americans we have; they dug coal and built a lot of the machinery that drove the industrial revolution.

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        • NEO says:

          Indeed they did, Servus.

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  3. Surely the problem now in America, (as the Brit’s btw) is moral and mental-intellectual. Both countries are loosing their sense of the Judeo-Christian ethic, which is really where the moral guts and glory of the English speaking people have come from! And when it really comes to Christian theology, Bill O’Reilly is really clueless! And what a bain-dead idea about a out-sourced mercenary Army! If we English speaking people cannot see right and wrong, and something of God’s moral-ethics, and too the basic preservative of a conservative creational moral ethic of right and wrong, then we are doomed! As noted this is not how we won two World Wars!

    “What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world. But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.” (St. Paul, Gal. 4: 1-5) If we as a Christian people and whole don’t see and get the essence of our spiritual freedom, how then can we really be free in the whole of our connection to God’s whole Creation? And here generally the Two-Kingdom theology breaks down also! As St. Paul, we simply must have Law & Gospel! Paul could never get away from the essence of the Judeo Law, it must serve man, and could only do so ‘In Christ’!

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  4. the unit says:

    Since I fully retired for reasons of health, I get a whiff of old wineskin. Or something. Well, I use Resolve Pet Oxi for underarm deodorant.
    I browse a lot nowadays. Hit on this. What y’all think?
    http://essentiallylutheran.blogspot.com/2007/01/smell-of-old-wineskin.html

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    • NEO says:

      Pretty good, I think, Unit

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      • New wine for new wineskins, is a New Man In Christ! (2 Cor. 5: 1 ; 16-17, etc.) Though in this life the old wineskin dies last. Nice piece this “essentially Lutheran”!

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  5. the unit says:

    Well you guys know the nuances of the way things are written in the Bible and by those like yourselves who have studied more than me.. I just liked what I read as made sense to me.
    Glad it didn’t go against your thoughts. You already know I just basic red, yellow, black and white in my depth of understanding, and seems as though now as through ages some want to wipe some others out.
    And seems to be necessary.
    I will turn the other cheek,… well after I’ve slapped the you know what out of the barbarians. So there there. Life is like a box of you need to get slapped when needed, that included me too.

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  6. the unit says:

    You read every attack on ISIL must be approved by Obama.
    Looked for spiritual song about all God’s blessings come from above.
    Best I could find.
    Words hard to hear for me. Think it ‘All Messiah’s Bombings Come From Above’. 🙂

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    • the unit says:

      And link was…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCyYez7M4-w

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  7. the unit says:

    O never sang this, only doesn’t know where it came from with out him and government.

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