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  •  it's the K-selection strategy again. (1+ / 0-)
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    oldmilitant

    Obama's military policy is consistent with an underlying value in an entirely unrelated area:

    K-selection: a reproductive strategy that has few offspring and puts much effort & resources into raising each one.   This is what progressives favor: family planning, every child a wanted child, therefore a lower birth rate that reduces overpopulation and at the same time enables a greater investment by society in each child.  

    Contrast to:

    R-selection: a reproductive strategy that has many offspring and puts little effort & resources into raising each one.  This is what Republicans favor: no family planning, make lots and lots of babies, a high birth rate that produces overpopulation and at the same time produces a social darwinist culture of less investment by society in each child.

    Translate to military strategy:

    K-selection ethic:  Closely-targeted attacks that put fewer service members at risk and that also reduce civilian casualties.   Give the military all the resources it needs to complete its tasks in accord with that principle.  Yes that also means the unpopular use of drones, as well as the use of the SEALs in rapid actions, but the result is fewer casualties all around.  

    R-selection ethic:  Mass attacks (Iraq) that put far more service members at risk and also result in more civilian casualties.  Give the military less-than-adequate resources (remember the armor scandal? troops in Iraq having to up-armor their vehicles using scrap metal?) and keep throwing more service members into the meat grinder.  

    Isn't that interesting?  Both in terms of reproductive policy and in terms of military policy:  It's all about how one values human lives and how one is willing to back that value with the necessary investments in resources.  

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Sat Aug 18, 2012 at 07:11:00 PM PDT

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