Good to have terri's disagreement. She is polite enough that I don't get irritable and shouting, and her thought is different enough from mine that it causes me to clarify for myself exactly what I mean and what I think.
I have a very good friend who expressed similar sentiments about militarism, the lack of benefit of the recent wars, and the high cost. I have heard more than one conservative starting to come to that conclusion. The paleoconservatives and more libertarian types already leaned that way. There may be some consensus forming about this.
I see the appeal, but I think they are wrong. No, I think they are possibly right, but probably wrong. I think saber-rattling can be a good thing. I think we can point to benefit. I think we can point to some reasons why the cost was necessary. As the pendulum swings, I think I should make the arguments I can, anyway. I will start with one point to ponder; a different starting point than we usually work from now, but one that was common then.
Had we continued as before, the most likely result would be that we were attacked again. Repeatedly.