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May. 10th, 2006 @ 02:44 pm (no subject)
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Date:May 11th, 2006 02:44 am (UTC)
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Originally, America wasn't supposed to have an army. Just a militia of citizens who would take up arms when invaded.
Of course, that also describes the original intent of America's foreign policy; it didn't have one, insofar as it wasn't meant to involve itself with other countries' politics.

Naturally, it didn't work out that way.
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Date:May 11th, 2006 09:31 am (UTC)
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Yes. But things have to evolve a bit. Many people didn't want to have to take time away from their farms and families to form a militia, so they decided that a full-time military was a better idea.

Nowadays, we have people who not only don't want a military, but they don't want any semblance of a militia, either. No guns at all. I think that's crazy.

As for the foreign policy, it was fine once upon a time when travelling to a new world took months at a time and nobody was sure what they'd find when they got there. :D
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Date:May 11th, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
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There are two things to bear in mind here. One is that Thomas Jefferson did not live in the twentieth century.

The second one is that "large" is not an objective term. It's very subjective. At the moment, few people would argue with the statement "the United States has a large military."

It'd be ludicrous to suggest that we don't. The question becomes "how large is too large?"
Date:May 12th, 2006 01:59 am (UTC)
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Yep. Sadly...
The militia idea still has some relevance, I think, but the state-run military is a good thing too.

They're known as idiots.

Hey, depending on what travel agency you've picked, it could still take months to get somewhere, and when you ostensibly arrive in China and see the Leaning Tower of Piza, you can bet you weren't expecting it... :D