In 1884 Commodore Stephen Luce founded the United States Naval War College arguing that the one and only way to avert war was to be fully prepared for it. A century later, Ronald Reagan took up a similar argument with his ‘peace through strength’ catchphrase that gave the West victory over Soviet communism in the Cold War.
Be strong and prepare and you will win.
Now, as Britain chaotically heads out of the European Union, the arguments of Reagan, Luce and others aimed at securing our freedoms and democracy are being thrown to the wind. The prospect of Britain ‘crashing out’ of the EU without a deal would create a weak Europe and makes future war more likely. […]