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Old June 25 2013, 03:45 AM   #34
Silversmok3
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Re: Scotty and his military comment

Starfleet is a military.

Having actually served in the USAF myself,I can draw some interesting parallels between Starfleet and a modern military.Contrary to what CNN may have you believe,most of the time the US DoD isn't fighting wars.If you look at how many sorties the USAF operates,most of them are transport hours,moving food and fuel for civil and humanitarian purposes.Combat Search and Rescue typically operates rescue missions domestically,and our actions in Haiti with humanitarian aid after their last earthquake are textbook "Starfleet" if you will.

Back to the latest movie,JJ Abrams' insistence to the contrary of the obvious has to do with the plot.Admiral Marcus' actions of making a secret vessel like the Vengeance are reprehensible if we consider Starfleet to be a humanitarian organization.If we take it as the military organization it is,then Admiral Marcus' actions are entirely justified.He's a commander of a military department looking at a large war hell have to fight.While his actions in setting up Kirk arent kosher,if we base Starfleet as a military the construction and use of the USS Vengeance is entirely justified: and the actions of the characters only serves as a vain act of self destruction.
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