That a few thousand troops could reverse the present situation and ensure progress toward victory is a fantasy.
When it comes to building and exporting murderous weaponry, not even Vladimir Putin’s Russia comes close to the United States.
Assuming that many privates and generals have complicated, often highly critical feelings about various crises of war-making, why don’t they ever express them publicly?
Only when we see the evidence of our own invasive nature can we begin to become the kind of land we say we want to be.
U.S. pilots have total mastery of the fabled “high ground” of war. And yet throughout the Greater Middle East, America’s conflicts rage on with no endgame in sight.
Cloaking violent, even murderous actions in anodyne language might help a few doubting functionaries sleep easier at night, but it should make the rest of us profoundly uneasy.
A military increasingly divorced from ordinary Americans blends soldiers with privatized mercenaries, empowers commanders to cash in on retirement and wields a quasi-missionary imperial force in at least 135 countries.
The Pentagon has immense difficulty shouldering blame for its massively fatal failures and wrongdoing, and thus suffers from an institutional version of affluenza.
Overloaded with gadgets, ignorant of foreign cultures, spoiling for action, and never (individually) staying long, American troops have become the imperial equivalent of globetrotting tourists.
Familiar as America’s most senior military officers may be with the warnings of Thomas Jefferson, they have consistently ignored or misapplied them, facilitating our current state of endless war and national decline.