Armed forces that are trained and equipped to invade others are purely the tools of colonialism and mercantilism- and more obviously the harbingers of war.
When a nation-state has a ‘defense’ force at the ready to invade or occupy another country- that force cannot be considered defensive. Instead, it should be called a jackbooted, paramilitary police force, ready to make war at the behest of our politician’s whims.
Before you label me a pacifist, indulge this hypothetical- After 911 we were all pissed off and ready to kill anybody. Myself included. So we went to war immediately; Invading Iraq and then Afghanistan- both of these wars considered now to be a complete waste of money and life. The largest boondoggles in American Military history. (I mean the most expensive wars in the history of our planet.)
So now comes the hypothetical: What if we didn’t have eight hundred thousand troops, armored cars and planes at the ready after 911?
Unable to make war at a moments notice, the US would have been forced to reach a sobering conclusion, "Hey, let’s make sure we kill the right folks."
The United States Military is the largest, most powerful, well equipped war machine on the planet. (If this fact gives you an erection it’s because you are overcompensating)
What if we didn’t have thousands of trained killers ready to invade and conquer? The ‘defense’ department and our wise politicians would be forced to wait, giving the population time to come to our collective senses.
Going to war is inevitable if you spend HALF of your tax revenue on “Defense Spending”- The Deep State and the Military Industrial Complex require perpetual war to justify their own expense.
A standing army- one that is ready to make war immediately with little or no insight will make war; and it will cost lives and trillions of dollars for nothing in return.