Force is decisive. However, force has been redefined as harmful. Harmful can be like a treatable cancer or illness. You have the cure, but choose not use it. It is like taking just enough antibiotics for you to not die, but never taking enough to be healed. This has been the existing doctrine of force in the United States ever since the first Gulf War. Here are a few examples of how the new doctrine of force, or harm, have been applied:
- Sanctions. I don't need to list any specific examples here, but history has shown sanctions have done nothing but harm the regular citizens and have never been effective in bringing about decisive change.
- Iraqi No-Fly Zone. This thing lasted from the end of the first Gulf War until the beginning of the second Gulf War. It had no effect what so ever.
- Somalia Relief. No relief mission is ever decisive when the fundamentals that caused the disaster are left in place.
- Somalia Regime Change. As gallant and awesome as our elite troops are, and as much as leftist Presidents like to use them, you can't have decisive victory alone by sniping at the enemy. Eventually, numbers matter.
- Bosnia No-Fly Zone. So we saw "genocide" in Bosnia and decided to drops bombs from 15,000 feet. Air alone cannot cause a decisive change. It took boots on the ground to bring about the "desired" effect.
- Haiti Regime Change. Remove the president and 18 years later you have the most impoverished nation in the world despite receiving the largest per capita distribution of aide.
- Afghanistan and Iraq. Underestimate the threat and declare victory early. Then, when the threat is realize, allow your men to die as they are overwhelmed and overstretched. Throw in rules of engagement that are so limiting, you men's greatest fear is not the enemy, but being brought up on charges.
As a final thought, I would like to add that Obama has done more for the oil business of foreign countries, through drilling, exploration, and now military intervention, than any other President has done for our own oil interests in the last half century.