Enmar, on Aug 24 2003, 09:37 PM, said:
Oh, I do trust the US military, it's the US leaders I don't trust.
I’ll take the checks and balance of our republic, federal system, and Constitution over the hollow decrepit paper tiger that is the UN. In regards to the US Military, you should check the oath they swear and what their allegiance is to. The ultimate allegiance in that oath is to the Constitution and not the political leaders of the US. If an order comes down the chain of command that violates the Constitution the US Military is free to disobey that order and take action against it.
The advantage of the United States is that the entire system is chock full of checks and balances that would kick in as fail safes in worse case scenarios. You have the three branches of the Federal Government with each one checking the powers of the others as the first level. Then you have a military whose ultimate oath is sworn to the Constitution. Even if those two safeguards fails you have the Federal System with the various states with their National Guards and State Guards.
Enmar:. And when he decides to invade someplace you're gonna regret that the UN isn't strong enough to stop him.
I’ll regret the day where the US has to fight and destroy the UN. The cause of that conflict being that the UN stepped further toward insanity and decided to attack the United States in some misguided quest. We see the first steps down that path in Iraq today. The UN is so ingrained with their hatred of the US that they put their own
personnel at risk rather than accepting US protection.
Enmar: It's the thing about all those balancing systems and bureaucracies: they're usually annoying
As I said I’ll rely on our own system of checks and balances rather than those of an origination that can’t even get over their anti-Americanism long enough to protect their own personnel.
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-Fleet Admiral Nimitz
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