The recent YouTube documentary Kony 2012 has become quite a sensation. It has inspired millions of people to demand, in one form or another, that the U.S. military take action in Uganda ...Similarly, many Americans strongly desire to intervene in Syria, as evidenced by this recent poll conducted by Fox News...But exactly how might the United States provide this aid without the use of ground troops?...The answer to this question is very important and must be carefully thought out before we rush headlong to intervene in yet another conflict. Historically, the role of the U.S. military was to “provide for the common defense” of the states, as outlined in the Constitution. Local militias played a much larger role in defending the states from both foreign and internal threats. And for this reason, large standing armies were far less common throughout most of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
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