In war, the point is to be “totally disproportionate” – if you like winning

Jacques Chirac (and many others) have called Israel’s military force “totally disproportionate,” as if that’s a bad thing. Maybe it is to France — the evidence would suggest it (HT: CQ). In the US, isn’t “totally disproprtionate” called the Powell Doctrine?

One Response to “In war, the point is to be “totally disproportionate” – if you like winning”

  1. larwyn Says:

    Kudos to James Taranto for reminding us that something “not proportional” can be either more or less.
    Now we understand that based on the history of their countries’ responses, Chirac’s recent veiled threat to use Nukes if terrorist attacked France that Chirac and Putin were using the word to mean a deficiency vs
    an excess.

    Some have criticized Israel for not responding proportionately to the attacks, but we’d counsel patience. After all, the Israelis aren’t done yet.”……..James Taranto

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