The debate over the behavior of the IDF during the conflict in Gaza reminded me of an episode from the first season of West Wing, “A Proportional Response”. At the beginning of the episode, a jet carrying American citizens, President Bartlett’s personal doctor among them, is blown up by terrorists connected to the Syrian government.
In the first clip, President Bartlett is briefed by his national security team over the response options. President Bartlett interrupts and asks, “What is the virtue of a proportional response?”
In the second clip, Leo McGarry confronts President Bartlett about his desire to seek a disproportional response.
Without getting into the I/P debate (at least point, I think we all know where we stand on this issue), I wondering what you all think about the virtue of a proportional response? Is a disproportional response ever justified? Do you think it could act as a deterrent?