Our wars and their impact are kept in remarkable isolation from what passes for public affairs in this country, leaving most Americans with little say about whether they should be, and how they are, waged.
Are we truly the world’s greatest fighting force, not only at this moment, but as measured against all militaries across history? If so, on what basis is this claim made? And what does such triumphalist rhetoric suggest, not just about our national narcissism, but Washington’s priorities?
Old-style American isolationism had everything to do with avoiding “entangling alliances” and conflicts abroad. Today, Americans are once again an isolationist people, but with a twist. To end our wars, we must first endure their Gorgon stare.