[Swiftwater Gazette] Is Deference Really Safer than Deterrence
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IsDeference Really Safer than Deterrence?
Putinis close to establishing the “blunt” reality that the territory
of the former Soviet Empire belongs to Moscow, either to annex
outright or to control by compliant dictators. For sport, his air
forces buzz ours, and do in the air what the Iranians do at sea.
ByVictor Davis Hanson September 13, 2016 Bewareinternational affairs the next five months, a dangerous period
forAmerica. Deterrence is a nation’s ability to discourage aggressors
by instilling in them a credible fear of punishment far greater thanany
perceived gain that could be achieved by an attack.
Deterrenceis quite different from deference, which is a courteous accommodation
to the will of another, often one deemed superior. Deterrence isultimately
enhanced by the possession of overwhelming military force,but it is unfortunately
not thereby ensured. France, the LowCountries, and the British expeditionary
force had a combined largerarmy, more tanks and comparable air forces, when
Germany neverthelessattacked in surprise fashion and destroyed them in six
weeks in Mayand June 1940. What the Allies lacked were not the guns and
soldiersbut the credibility that they would use them with dispatch, skill,and
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