Patrick Porter (bachelor of this parish), has a new paper out in Strategic Studies. It’s a good ‘un and agreeably provocative. Should America have stayed out of WW2? Well, that’s a no brainer – they were attacked, right? The war was inevitable and vital. If ever there was a war of necessity, it was this one. How is our hero going to argue his way out of this?
Very entertainingly, it turns out. Read on for a lively argument that all wars involve choice, and that appeals to necessity are ofttimes more a way of marshaling opinion than describing reality.