Open main menu




In reference to the small size and decorative nature of bonsai plants.


bonsai army (plural bonsai armies)

  1. A sovereign state's army or military force that is small and could be considered merely "for decoration". A bonsai army is not large enough to fundamentally protect a country.
    Without Soviet support surrounding the missile crisis, Cuba's military would have been merely a bonsai army and they would have quickly succumbed to any serious invasion from the west.
  2. A tiny, largely ornamental (military) structure bereft of the capability to effectively carry out its constitutional missions.
  3. A military that covers the entire spectrum of capabilities but has virtually no external military clout.