The American public and its political leadership will do anything for the military except take it seriously. The result is a chickenhawk nation in which careless spending and strategic folly combine to lure America into endless wars it can’t win.
So begins a compelling, intelligent conversation* in The Atlantic.
Reading James Fallows’ analysis, follow-up essays, and the responses from military veterans and others will take some time, but it will be well spent.
* The term “intelligent discussion” does not apply to most of the comments. Don’t waste your precious time there.
First published on Medium, January 18, 2015.