- Gentlemen, is the US foreign policy of global military and economic expansion one of the reasons for terrorism?
- Gentlemen, isn't he history of US counter-insurgency actually a policy of state terror against impoverished civilians?
- Gentlemen, couldn't one argue that the US military industrial complex has no interest in ending terrorism, and in fact seeks to provoke extremists by its violent, arrogant posture in the Middle East?
- Gentlemen, isn't the idea of trying to end terrorism with military operations really a fraud and a a scam that only creates more terrorism, enhances antidemocratic forces in the US government, and creates billions in profits for war profiteers?
Hoffman says, "Well certainly more troops would be enormously helpful…the key in fighting this type of warfare whether its counterterrorism or counterinsurgency."
And what different angle does General Scales offer? He states, "That’s true, but the importance of having a robust ability to put ground troops into affected regions is to prevent that [insurgency] from happening…"
Finally in case you, the skeptical listener didn't quite get the point, Scott Simon sums it up: "...you need an expansion of the Army and Marine Corps to maintain whatever has been gained…" To which Hoffman chimes in, "That’s it exactly."