Ben Carson should have given Ron Paul’s answer …
Hewitt should hold up Churchill’s fire bombing of Dresden, the very term “carpet-bombing,” and Truman’s use of nuclear weapons for an unconditional surrender he did not get (the Japanese Emperor is STILL in place), against the tenets of a just war:
Principles of the Just War
A just war can only be waged as a last resort. All non-violent options must be exhausted before the use of force can be justified.
A war is just only if it is waged by a legitimate authority. Even just causes cannot be served by actions taken by individuals or groups who do not constitute an authority sanctioned by whatever the society and outsiders to the society deem legitimate.
A just war can only be fought to redress a wrong suffered. For example, self-defense against an armed attack is always considered to be a just cause (although the justice of the cause is not sufficient–see point #4). Further, a just war can only be fought with “right” intentions: the only permissible objective of a just war is to redress the injury.
A war can only be just if it is fought with a reasonable chance of success. Deaths and injury incurred in a hopeless cause are not morally justifiable.
The ultimate goal of a just war is to re-establish peace. More specifically, the peace established after the war must be preferable to the peace that would have prevailed if the war had not been fought.
The violence used in the war must be proportional to the injury suffered. States are prohibited from using force not necessary to attain the limited objective of addressing the injury suffered.
The weapons used in war must discriminate between combatants and non-combatants. Civilians are never permissible targets of war, and every effort must be taken to avoid killing civilians. The deaths of civilians are justified only if they are unavoidable victims of a deliberate attack on a military target.
Update (4/5/2016): Even this theory isn’t enough for some libertarians…I just saw this at https://www.lewrockwell.com/
Fascinatingly perplexing. This concept of non-interventionism, MANDATED by the Constitution, would be so bloody easy to adhere to, if only those in power had the resolve to do so.
The lives and treasure preserved for far loftier pursuits could be almost unfathomable (we’ve become so desensitized to unjust war).
Ironically, our lousy crony economy induces young “volunteers” to sign up for what should be clearly advertised as the Wounded Warrior Project’s farm team.
Remember, this is the same government crying for full disclosure on sodas and Happy Meals.
This is all accomplished under the guise of, and in the name of, “opportunity” and brainwashed faux-patriotism.
Please think about it for a brief pause, the political class has your sons, daughters, and neighbors right where they want them, mainly because they are left with precious few viable alternatives.