He is a warrior, but that doesn’t mean he likes it. Whether we like it or not, we are the world’s superpower. Whether we are qualified by anything but technology, training, money, manpower, and the willingness to use force, we are the world’s cop.
Six divisions might struggle to keep the peace in Iraq, but one brigade of paratroopers probably could have prevented the genocide in Rwanda. (I admit that I would not have favored such an intervention at the time.)
Dwight Eisenhower was effective in keeping the peace because he was a military man feared by our enemies and respected by our friends. Jimmy Carter, despite his training at Annapolis, was a pushover. Everyone knew it, and as many people might have lost their freedom or their lives because of such weakness as were killed by alleged “warmongers.”