My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a remarkable and well-documented book that leads you down the path of history from Reagan to Obama. America has drifted from supporting the citizen-soldiers that we all knew who went to war temporarily to protect all of us and then returned home, to the current era where we hire professional soldiers and mercenaries and war is the norm. We have drifted from scrimping and saving to support a war (remember rationing and victory gardens?) to a military budget that is enormous and is not apt to be altered significantly by either party. We have drifted from having a representative congress that was actively involved in deciding when to go to war, to having secret covert operations and “secret” wars waged with only the knowledge of the executive branch and the military. This has been a bi-partisan drift. Can we and should we drift back to where …”Going to war, being at war should be painful for the entire country.”?
A scholarly look at war in America. I would recommend this book to all thoughtful Americans.