"The most fundamental paradox is that, if were never to use force, we must be prepared to use it and to use it successfully. We Americans dont want war, and we dont start fights. We dont maintain a strong military force to conquer or coerce others. The purpose of our military is simple and straightforward: We want to prevent war by deterring others from the aggression that causes war. If our efforts are successful, we will have peace and never be forced into battle. There will never be a need to "