“The Tragedy of the American Military”

Brett Milam

“Full-victory—nothing else”: General Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the order to paratroopers in England the night before they board planes to join the first assault in the D-Day invasion of Europe. (U.S. Army Signal Corps/AP) “Full-victory—nothing else”: General Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the order to paratroopers in England the night before they board planes to join the first assault in the D-Day invasion of Europe. (U.S. Army Signal Corps/AP)

The title above is taken from a must-read from James Fallows with The Atlantic here.

Incredibly important piece from Fallows. He argues in other spaces for a draft to close the widening chasm between the very few that serve in the military and the rest of American society, but I vehemently disagree with that. Not to get into it too much, but quite simply, forcing people to fight and die ain’t the solution to this deep, systemic problem of war-making. Moreover, a whole lot of fucking draftees had to die in Vietnam, for example, as people “woke up” and “got skin in the game.”

Alas, this piece in particular is highly informative and necessary reading. Many…

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