On the other hand: Eric --
You could just say you disagree with me, Steve, because I don't think your patronizing (and mildly insulting) suggestion "to read a bit more on the subject" is going to change my mind. Especially books by Stephen Ambrose...if he's your source for anything, then maybe YOU need to read a bit more.
I appreciate the suggestion, but I actually read quite a lot. No insult was intended, I am simply recommending that your comment was dismissive of the military and I was suggesting (yes, maybe a little pointedly) that people who have never served in the military ought to understand the relationship between that organization and the civilian society. This book, while dry, does a pretty good job of framing the relationship.
(And, frankly, Ambrose has a very solid reputation amongst most historians. If you're referring to his plagiarism that was dealt with and dismissed even before he died. What of his books or articles have you read???)
I don't mean to get into a scrap, but it galls me when we get posts which come from strictly ideological points of view, condemning others for their actions. I don't accept it from the current administration, and don't think it's acceptable from the rest of us either.
No insult intended Eric, but I don't agree with your position -- and other than suggesting reading material, at least I don't stoop to namecalling as do so many others on this board.