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I'm watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Season 2, Episode 15), and I just heard something that just doesn't make much sense to me.

Senator Padmé Amidala, recognizing that more troops will only prolong the fighting, works tirelessly with her allies to introduce a bill to cut down military spending and stop the creation of more clone troopers…

I don't understand her position. Why would increasing production draw out the war? I mean, I can accept that stopping production would mean the war would effectively end -- with the Good Guys losing. But how is decreasing production a sound military strategy?

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    "a group of senators lead by Halle Burtoni of Comino propose an escalation of troop production". HalleBurtoni? I mean, seriously, Lucas...*<shakes heads>* – Valorum Apr 5 '14 at 21:10
  • @Richard - Lucas trying to make nice with liberals after Jar Jar Binks and Watto racism accusations – DVK-on-Ahch-To May 10 '14 at 20:43
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Padmé's position is made eminently clear in the Revenge of the Sith, she despises the war and doesn't trust the Chancellor any farther than she can throw him;

PADME: What if the democracy we thought we were serving no longer exists, and the Republic has become the very evil we have been fighting to destroy?

ANAKIN: I don't believe that. And you're sounding like a Separatist!

PADME: Anakin, this war represents a failure to listen . . . Now, you're closer to the Chancellor than anyone. Please, please ask him to stop the fighting and let diplomacy resume.

In her opinion, producing more clones will simply result in the Federation producing more battle droids which will in turn lead to billions more civilian casualties on both sides.

  • After all, she doesn't condone courses of action that lead to war. – Preston Jun 7 '14 at 6:49
  • @PrestonFitzgerald - Precisely this. – Valorum Jun 7 '14 at 7:30

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