Do you lead the witness often?
Bill Anderson

Listen, if you want to make a clear comment, then please speak in plain English, because your legal references make it quite clear that you don’t actually know anything about the law. When one is cross examining an adversarial witness, it is not only allowed to lead, it is expected.

And no, “size” is not a matter of mathematical fact. This is a plainly false statement. “Number of troops” is a mathematical fact. “Number of ships” is a mathematical fact. Size, referring to troops, technology (this is a huge one), weaponry, power, and effectiveness is by no means a “mathematical fact.” Your implication is that our military is not the “largest” in the world because North Korea has more ships in terms of sheer number. But the ships that they do have are much less powerful and useful. A number to number comparison is not only misleading, but it’s completely useless. Similarly, the number of troops a country has is rather irrelevant because straight ground battles are not the type of war we fight anymore. The technology that supports our troops makes our considerably smaller number of men and women far more powerful and effective, so again, a numbers to numbers comparison to, say, China is misleading and — again — rather meaningless.

I got my undergraduate degree in philosophy with a specialization in logic (summa cum laude), if you must ask. I have at no point ignored facts, although it seems there is quite a lot of projection in your response. I have made absolutely nothing up, but you seem intent on focusing on an aspect of the “size” of our military that has nothing whatsoever to do with the underlying purpose of our military. Would you claim that our military is not several times more powerful and effective than any other in the world?

Regardless, I’m quite fine with being done here, because nothing you’ve said has been relevant. The initial post to which I was responding was speaking about American military power and its role in world stability (specifically, since WWII). You respond by talking about how many more ships and ground troops North Korea and China have; it has nothing to do with the initial post.

Take care.

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