This is a great Ted Talk about how the U.S. Military ought to be configured.
It’s just wonderfully done. Clear insight and blunt talk. Has “loads of clue” about what we are doing right, and wrong, now.
Laughing through the tears…
The only thing wrong with it is that I fear it would work too well, so be used too much. Wars of national replacement ought not be too easy to accomplish… If done as described, the USA becomes the permanent Global Police under the direction of the UN (but it would eliminate a great deal of ‘screwing around’ and the UN Dance Of The Dunces…)
At about 16:38 there is a slide that rapidly goes by. It talks about the “Hobbesian” vs the “Kantian” forces. The first is a reference to the Leviathan Force that uses overwhelming power to destroy, the second is the Administrative Force that ‘builds the peace’ during occupation.
If background is desired…
Toward the end he says what I think is “Max Boot was right about” bombing folks… I think he’s talking about this guy:
So I’m of the opinion that Thomas Barnett, the speaker, is generally right. But I have two “issues”.
1) I think I’d rather there were more “other folks” doing the Global Cop duty. Proportional to either population or national income the USA is carrying way too much burden. China needs to be defending the Strait of Hormuz, after all, they get lots of oil from there (as, BTW, does India…). As they both have Nukes, they can go talk to Iran about not wanting to be down wind of them after they glow in the dark… Yes, I know, bad idea… still, why does it have to be us all the time?
2) If this worked as well as it looks like it would work, the UN would be voting “take downs” of any government they didn’t like and trotting out the US to do it. (Not much different from now… but if it was less traumatic for everyone the temptation to use such power would be overwhelming… some amount of misery reminds folks why wars are NOT a desired approach…)
Oh, and that the UN ordering US forces to battle is contrary to the US Constitution. so would be illegal, is likely a matter of some importance, though vanishingly small… (Congress? Declare anything other than higher taxes and more spending? Yeah, right… /sarcoff>;)
Then again, Panetta (US Secretary of Defense) thinks the UN grants permission and Congress just gets told after the fact…
so maybe nobody would notice…
At any rate, this guy is a Ph.D consultant to the Pentagon, so his views carry some clout.