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.