Who better than a military person to talk about the dangers of what he sees as a worship of all things military? Major Danny Sjursen commanded troops in Afghanistan and Iraq and here talks about his deep concern about military, instead of civilian, leaders directing policy. Saving your buddies is one thing, so of course you want more of everything. But more is not always better and in many cases, can make problems infinitely worse. We are today over compensating for the exaggerated stories of mistreatment of Vietnam veterans. And he finds especially dangerous the current belief that if left on their own, the military would have won that war. He argues that we can only have a republic if civilians are in control of the military. It’s a question of perspective, and on that, civilians have the advantage.

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