In the decades since the draft ended in 1973, a strange new military has emerged in the United States. Think of it, if you will, as a post-democratic force that prides itself on its warrior ethos rather than the old-fashioned citizen-soldier ideal.
In the days following the decimation of the Iraqi Army during Operation Desert Storm, groups of Iraqi minorities, specifically the Shia in the south and the Kurds in the north, seized on the weakness of Saddam Hussein's armed forces to try and overthrow the Iraqi Baathist regime.
As service members, we joined the military to ensure that our distinctive American identity remains robust. That identity includes the iconic landscapes that Americans can enjoy on our public lands, from sea to shining sea.
Today's children and generations to follow them face nightmares of scarcity, disease, mass displacement, social chaos, and war, due to our patterns of consumption and pollution. Ironically, one of the institutions which comprehends the disasters that loom is the U.S. military.
Despite the promise of its beginning, the novel falters in its lack of character depth and development, ultimately pinning the novel's success on the glib lives of six New Yorkers who occupy a bubble separate from the city's racial and socioeconomic diversity.
Although two of the greatest attributes of our country might be our competitive spirit and our defense of our values and freedoms, one can't help but wonder at what price. Brains are the tie that binds us, but are we really coming undone? Think about it.
I am an American, an aging American Baby Boomer. I was born in 1946, following the end of WWII. That was a tenuous time in American history, not unlike the present in the degree of challenges facing this country.
If those recently-declassified documents from the early days of the Bush administration haven't convinced Americans that Bush planned the Iraq War long before September 11, 2001, maybe Newt Gingrich can.
Implementing sanctions against Iran would play right into the hands of the theocracy. By imposing sanctions, the US will hand the Iranian government a card it does not have at this time--blaming the increase of prices on foreign powers.
It's unfair to say, categorically, that Nidal Hasan went berserk because we've made the wrong choices. But it's also unfair to continue policies that kill people on both sides of a now pointless conflict.
Once upon a time, our adversaries knew they could hoist the white flag and expect to be treated humanely, making them more likely to give up sooner. It kept American soldiers out of countless bloody fights.