A Prisoner to Primacy

What do you do when you fail in the “marketplace of ideas”? You could give force a chance. Carl Conneta at the Project on Defense Alternatives has written an interesting piece on this subject. He observes that

Using military power to prevent the emergence of threats often implies treating actors who are not preparing or conducting an act of aggression as though they were.

The bottom line is that a foreign policy that relies on military force will create more resentment, and ultimately more opposition, than it can suppress.

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