Sonic Glitch wrote:GrahamKennedy wrote:Teaos wrote:Morally I cant see the Federation pulling back and lettings its population deal with invaders.
I think the people of Betazed might disagree.
There's a difference between "We can't defeat the invasion" and "purposefully retreating to let the population deal with it." All indications are that Betazed was a surprise attack for which they weren't prepared
that they weren't prepared for* (who expects your mostly stalemated enemy to suddenly strike one of your core systems?)
*edited for preposition
And I think the difference is actually quite minimal in practice. You purposefully retreat to let the population deal with it because you can't defeat the invasion, which is usually because the invasion came as a surprise. A military doesn't retreat with a "screw it, we could win but let's not bother" attitude, they retreat because they know that standing and fighting right then and there will just get their forces chewed up in a battle they can't win, and they'll lose the territory anyway. They retreat to conserve their forces and build up whilst the enemy exhausts his, so they can turn the tide.