Memorial Day should remind us of the dangerous costs of war

By Daniel L. Davis

Lethal military force should be used only when the security of America has been directly threatened—only when no other form of national power will ensure our security—and, in any case, used infrequently. Force should only be used as a last resort—not as a policy option of first choice, as is so often the case today.

This Memorial Day let us truly consider the terrible price thousands of service members and their loved ones have paid in recent wars. The best way we can honor them, and the survivors, is to ensure we don’t unnecessarily sacrifice one more Service Member unless it is absolutely necessary to our security. They deserve nothing less.

This piece was originally published by The National Interest on May 26, 2019. To read this piece in its entirety, click HERE.