What’s the point of having this superb military … if we can’t use it? — Madeleine Albright
The Powell Doctrine states that a list of questions all have to be answered affirmatively before military action is taken by the United States:
- Is a vital national security interest threatened?
- Do we have a clear attainable objective?
- Have the risks and costs been fully and frankly analyzed?
- Have all other non-violent policy means been fully exhausted?
- Is there a plausible exit strategy to avoid endless entanglement?
- Have the consequences of our action been fully considered?
- Is the action supported by the American people?
- Do we have genuine broad international support?
Might the Russian Government have asked similar questions before invading Ukraine? If so, they might well have answered 1-6 affirmatively, but not 7 and surely not 8.