Foreign military intervention
Claim: The dispatch of American armed forces to Somalia, for what is actually a major police action in another country and in a situation where no defensive American interest is involved, was a precipitous reaction and an emotional one, occasioned by the sight of the suffering of the starving people in question. If American policy from here on out, involving the use of our armed forces abroad, is to be controlled by popular emotional impulses, and particularly ones provoked by the commercial television industry, then there is no place for what have traditionally been regarded as the responsible deliberative organs of our government, in both executive and legislative branches. If this is in the American tradition, then it is a very recent tradition, and one quite out of accord with the general assumptions that have governed American public life for most of the last 200 years.
Problem Type: D: Detailed problems
Date of last update 07.02.1997 – 00:00 CET