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Security comes through policing, not military force

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This Lent I’m writing about our U.S. military, and today I’m considering how we offer security training to foreign governments.

People everywhere have a right to security. Parents should be able to let their girls walk to school alone. Shopkeepers should be free from extortion. The judiciary should make their judgments without fear of intimidation or reprisal. That’s the kind of security most nations need, and it’s a matter of policing, not soldiering.

But when you have a half-trillion dollar army, every problem looks like a war.

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