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THE UNITED STATES NAVY is NOT a GLOBAL FORCE for GOOD! IT is to DEFEND the NATION against ENEMIES foreign and domestic!

I am appalled at this series of commercials put out by the United States Navy with the theme:  A Global Force for Good(tm)!

Here is the place to go to see the commercial and here’s is a portion of the accompanying commentary:

The role of America’s Navy is both vast and dependent upon circumstance. It involves everything from engaging in combat and warfare support, to keeping waterways safe and open for global commerce, to deterring sea piracy and drug trafficking. And when called upon, it’s a force that readily answers the need for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief anywhere, anytime – to help American citizens and citizens of the world.

I am pleased that their intent is open:  to use our troops and sailors to “do good” and be the policeman of the world so as to make leaders feel better about themselves all around the world.  But this is NOT the purpose of the US armed forces.  It is to defend our nation from enemies foreign and domestic and be the military force component when needed to protect the nation from imminent threat.  We are not a global force for good but when needed Americans have been a force for good when needed.  I urge the Navy to drop this phrase and these commercials.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

9 Responses to “THE UNITED STATES NAVY is NOT a GLOBAL FORCE for GOOD! IT is to DEFEND the NATION against ENEMIES foreign and domestic!”

  1. Joshua says:

    Glad to see that I’m not the only person troubled by these commercials. Nothing quite like getting the public comfortable with the idea of policing the world.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m not sure I understand the point here. Do you oppose the Navy being used for Humanitarian purposes. The U.S. Navy is so omnipresent that they can easily airlift supplies and aide after earthquakes, tsunamis, tornados, etc. Would you rather we have Carrier groups deployed (and they are deployed to defend and counter threats from China, Iran, et. al) and then have those groups ignore places they could help? Piracy seems to be an issue that would affect all countries as well (Maersk-Alabama, anyone?), so what would be the issue with the Navy combating piracy?

  3. Thank you for coming by again. I of course think that we should when appropriate assist with disaster relief in a non-military manner but humanitarian needs was used to induce the US (and its NATO sock-puppet) to attack Serbia in 1999 when that nation had done nothing to us. I today largely regard Iraq and the nation-building in Afghanistan as similar unnecessary and foolish military incursions.

    “Global force for Good” is still too much sounding like a neo-con vision of the US as policeman of the world. Too many have died and been injured severely mentally and physically so that policy makers can feel good about what they did.

    I have concerns about pirates; perhaps that is a rare situation in Somalia that requires a international response. How a constitutionalist President do it: Ask Congress for authority to escort the shipping (in league with other nations) and such other force as to deter the pirates. The Barbary War in the late 1790s and early 1800s might provide a limited response to piracy. Some might seek mission creep to invade Somalia and I would oppose yet another nation-building effort. Let’s build our own nation and restore it to a constitutional Republic.

    Thanks for holding me accountable!

    Sandy

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m not sure where you’re getting your definition of the purpose of the the U.S. Navy, but according to the leaders of the maritime forces (Navy, Marines and Coast Guard), their job is to defend peace and the Nation’s interests by any means necessary, “to protect and sustain the global, inter-connected system through
    which we prosper.”

    http://www.navy.mil/maritime/Maritimestrategy.pdf

    “[Our strategy] does not presume conflict but instead acknowledges the historical fact that peace does not preserve itself…[It] focuses on opportunities—not threats; on optimism—not fear; and on confidence—not doubt.”

    “The security, prosperity, and vital interests of the United States are
    increasingly coupled to those of other nations. Our Nation’s interests are best
    served by fostering a peaceful global system comprised of interdependent
    networks of trade, finance, information, law, people and governance.”

    In this age of global economy, protecting the interests of our citizens INCLUDES policing the seas…and warfare is no longer just about bombs and guns.

    “Maritime forces must contribute to winning wars decisively while enhancing our ability to prevent war, win the long struggle against terrorist networks, positively influence events, and ease the impact of disasters.”

  5. Anonymous says:

    Naval forces have been employed to protect free trade on the waterways for as long as there have been navies. I’m sorry if this is counter to your conservative viewpoints, but it is historical fact.

    http://www.usnwc.edu/getattachment/51a53f93-1099-44f9-8c39-3c9b60210ad8/AFJ_Trade_Protection.aspx

    And enemies of our nation are defined as more than merely those who threaten violence/military action…but those who threaten our way of life. Thus, the global force for “good” message speaks to how the Navy defines itself, with good being defined as both hard military power and the softer protecting our citizens’ day to day livelihoods.

  6. Shaw Emtiza says:

    Blame Canada? I am seeing things here that people are blind to. The seed companies here from foreign country’s people not from here and the science of using planes electricity and media to keep doing so. The World is changing It does not look like a good thing lets hope it is…
    Using people of the post office to businesses to spy on you don’t make a mistake cause then your there’s.

  7. Steve says:

    I don’t have a TV, so this is new to me, and I had the same sick feeling you did. The implications of this commercial go far beyond humanitarian aid. I see it as just what USMC Major General Smedley Butler talked about in his “War is a Racket” speech to the National VFW pre-WWII. The all powerful in this country are the wealthiest and corporations, and they are playing a huge game of monopoly. The money is nearly sucked completely out of this countries middle income working class, and now, thanks to a “Global Economy”, they can continue to expand and build throughout the world. As those at the top become wealthier, goods become cheaper as once good wage earners fight over minimal paying jobs to create cheap goods, and the impression that all is okay because we can all afford those goods…..but the wealth continues it’s one-way upward trip. The US military is to be the muscleman for big business as Butler put it. The use of the military overseas is NOT for the safety of Americans, but for the safety of corporate interests “Over There”. These are the same corporations who continue to push for cheap labor, breaking unions, bringing in those from countries with 1/10th the cost of living to work on temporary visa’s for 10 years at half of what the jobs once paid, only to save every nickel possible to spend “back home”. There is so much wrong with the country today, and the sheep listen to the sound-bites, and go “Baaaa” as they walk to the slaughter house, hastening their own demise. What happens when this global economy reaches it’s peak? There is no more world to conquer? In the board game, we toss the properties and hotels back into the box and start a new game. I don’t think it will be that easy when this game is over. Our military needs to continue it’s humanitarian aid, but we have to watch closely….there is plenty of “humanitarian aid” going on that is aiding only the select few who control our puppets in Washington.

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