The United States Department of War was the military department of the United States government's executive branch from 1789 until 1949, when it became part of the United States Department of Defense. It was headed by the United States Secretary of War. It was also known as the War Office.As we built the most powerful military the world had ever seen we obviously wanted to assure our neighbors, and ourselves, that our numerous military incursions into other countries were not self-serving acts of war, but of honorable self-defense.
In 1949 the War Office was renamed the United States Department of the Army and became a component of the Department of Defense.
After listening to our President's second inaugural address - and with most of the world now not buying our defense justifications - I propose we take the next step and rename the Department Defense the Department of Freedom.
Let's see if anyone is in the market for death-by-platitude.
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