The Vital National Interest

Despite last weeks trip to the PACNORWEST, I have no particular or direct knowledge of US Navy deployments or availabilities. I am not here to be an armchair judge of tactics or strategy. Frankly, I am pretty impressed by the delivery the USS Porter and USS ROSS made last Thursday, April 6, 2017.

I am a historian. At the end of the day I believe in Dave’s 2nd Law – People don’t change. They do the same things, for the same reasons throughout history. And for whatever reasons, it’s odd that nexus dates keep coming up. I’m enough of a science based person that I know that most of them are coincidence, in fact I seriously doubt that President Trump had or has any idea of the significance of that date. If he does, he clearly doesn’t grasp the ideas that went into what happened almost to the minute a century before.

As things stand today, I do not know whether or not it is “in the vital national interests” of the United States to go into yet another war, this time in Syria. I have questions to which answers might salve my concerns. Questions which have yet to be answered. It may in fact be that such a conflict is necessary and is “in the vital national security interests” of our nation. If so, is this really the best way to do it?


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