Reclaiming Our Citizen-Soldier Heritage

For TomDispatch.com, William J. Astore writes: "When did American troops become 'warfighters' - members of 'Generation Kill' - instead of citizen-soldiers? And when did we become so proud of declaring our military to be 'the world's best'? These are neither frivolous nor rhetorical questions. Open up any national defense publication today and you can't miss the ads from defense contractors, all eagerly touting the ways they 'serve' America's 'warfighters.' Listen to the politicians, and you'll hear the obligatory incantation about our military being 'the world's best.' All this is, by now, so often repeated - so eagerly accepted - that few of us seem to recall how against the American grain it really is. If anything - and I saw this in studying German military history - it's far more in keeping with the bellicose traditions and bumptious rhetoric of Imperial Germany under Kaiser Wilhelm II than of an American republic that began its march to independence with patriotic Minutemen in revolt against King George."

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