Why America Lacks A “Warrior-Patriot” Ethic


Columnist Andrew Bacevich recently wrote an article for the Dallas Morning New entitled Why America’s All Volunteer Force Fails To Win Wars.” The article makes the point that something is seriously wrong with the US military. While most of the article is couched in politically-correct innuendo and a studied avoidance of the real problems, it at least has the merit of pointing out the obvious. And this is that the military has sold out the martial virtues, and replaced them with something else.

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3 thoughts on “Why America Lacks A “Warrior-Patriot” Ethic

  1. “To fulfill its self-imposed obligations as sole superpower, the United States would need a citizenry that subscribes to the warrior-patriot’s code: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori. How sweet and fitting it is to die for one’s country.”

    Sure, but outside of the Pacific theater of WW2, when’s the last time the US has fought a war where you would truly be “dying for your country”? The Civil War? The War of 1812?

    We’ve fought wars that were good, and wars that were justified, but the US hasn’t been in a real struggle for its survival in over a century.
    The phrase he gives is in latin because the romans needed an ethic like that. If they lost to the Carthaginians, or any other rival, they would have all been killed. America has no similar threats, and they’re not going to come any time soon.


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