The West Wing Season 1 Episode 3 – A Proportional Response


I have to say I like The West Wing as a series. Loved it when it was on. I rarely paid attention to the political message then merely the interplay of the characters and whatnot. Watching it now for the political undertones.

I think in this episode (remembering this was pre 9-11) they were trying to say that using military force in a way at a higher level than someone used on us is bad. That was the takeaway I got.

I have to say to the producers, here on Veterans Day, that as a Veteran the military members are not war hungry guys. They really don’t want to have to fight. They do however have that ability. They have the capability. They will do so if ordered and they hope/pray they don’t have to.

There are however times when you must. Sadly. But if you do you should do it when necessary to protect people. You must protect those that can’t protect themselves and sometimes diplomacy doesn’t work. Let’s revisit World War II. If the allies had gotten on board earlier how far would Hitler have gotten? We waited, we talked, we did little until we were pushed WAY into a corner.

Sometimes you have to do things you don’t like. As a veteran and a patriot I saw do them. Do them fast and rarely. But there are some people in the world who only understand force. That makes me sad but it is important for us to fully realize.

DaScienceGuy

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