Military Legitimacy

FPRI – Disproportionate Force in Gaza? Context Matters – 23 May 2018

https://www.fpri.org/article/2018/05/disproportionate-force-in-gaza-context-matters/ If open-fire orders were violated, then those responsible must be addressed accordingly. In the same spirit that Hamas must respond to those residents it sent to the fence, the IDF must ask itself whether the response was proportional or if alternative measures (non-lethal) could have been implemented before open-fire…

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CNN – Chinese military lasers injure US military pilots in Africa – 3 May 2018

  https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/03/politics/chinese-lasers-us-military-pilots-africa/index.html If true this targeting would violate the Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons, Protocol IV of the 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, issued by the United Nations on 13 October 1995. It came into force on 30 July 1998.  As of the end of April 2018, the protocol had been agreed…


Religion, Legitimacy and Politics – Musings of a Maverick on Military Legitimacy – 14 April 2018

 http://www.religionlegitimacyandpolitics.com/2018/04/musings-of-maverick-on-military.html?m=1 Saturday, April 14, 2018 Musings of a Maverick on Military Legitimacy  By Rudy Barnes, Jr. Does might make right?  It did in World War II, but since then U.S. military interventions have more often been wrong than right.  Military legitimacy is about might being right, and when public support…


CNN – Air Force Academy leader: Why diversity? – 14 February 2018

Air Force Academy leader: Why diversity? By Jay Silveria Updated 7:52 AM ET, Wed February 14, 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mao6e03s0w0 https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/14/opinions/air-force-academy-superintendent-why-diversity-opinion-silveria/index.html Source: Youtube/USAFAOfficial Air Force Academy head to racists: ‘Get out’ 05:20 Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria is the superintendent of the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The opinions expressed…


Defense One – The US Is Drifting Toward War With a NATO Ally – 14 February 2018

http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2018/02/us-drifting-toward-war-nato-ally/145979/ Putin’s unchecked courtship of Erdoğan increases the risks associated with any military response to Assad’s war crimes, continued Turkish aggression, or Iranian entrenchment in Syria. The U.S. and NATO should take Turkey to task for any actions that are detrimental to NATO’s mutual defense goals.  Concurrently, Turkey must be…


2018 Nuclear Posture Review – 2 February 2018

  https://admin.govexec.com/media/gbc/docs/pdfs_edit/2018_nuclear_posture_review_-_final_report.pdf   President Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review released Friday shows greater willingness to use nukes first, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. The document said the U.S. will develop for deployment a “low-yield” nuclear warhead for submarine-launched ballistic missiles. It also shows the U.S. plans to “strengthen the…




Book Review / Commentary on The Road Not Taken – Musings of an old Special Ops JAG on Military Legitimacy – 15 January 2018

Musings of an old Special Ops JAG on Military Legitimacy By Rudy Barnes, Jr.             Max Boot has published a new book, The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam. MG Lansdale, who miscast by Graham Greene as The Quiet American, was an inspiration to me…