Are we allowed to post this essay? AY 2011-2012
I Suspect My Government Will Not Do The Right Thing; I Hope They Protect Me.
National Security Studies
DANIEL P CORBIN, NH-4, DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
KELLY MORRIS, PRIMARY FACULTY ADVISOR
The Industrial College of the Armed Forces
National Defense University
Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. 20319-5062
The views expressed in this paper are those of the author and do not reflect
the official policy or position of the National Defense University,
the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.
I distrust my government and have a strong belief that, left to its own devices, it will not do the right thing. However, I believe more strongly in the system that authorizes me and my fellow citizens to check, influence, and remove that government either by voting or through means otherwise contemplated by the Founding Fathers and implicitly granted by the Constitution. Based on this distrust, can they protect me?
The United States has become the most powerful nation in the world by most recognized measures. The strength of this country comes from the moral character of its people and the government’s actions must reflect that character. The country will only remain strong if it continues to represent the will of the people. This paper proposes that the structure of the US Government, as established in the Constitution with the involvement of its population, is its greatest strength. However, there exist inherent weaknesses in the structure and its relationship with its people. This essay will discuss the relationship of these strengths and weaknesses to national security. First, there will be a discussion of the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches. A discussion of potential strengths and weaknesses to national security caused by the relationship between the US Government and its peoples will then follow.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Friedberg states, “The shape of a state’s power-creating mechanisms will be determined by both international and domestic forces.” Friedberg provides a strategic synthesis model that describes the relationship between international threats and domestic societal pressures to a nation’s security strategy and ability to create power. When there is an imbalance between the two pressures, a...