“Thank You for your service, sort of”

Andrew J. Bacevich writing about James Wright’s Those Who Have Borne the Battle: A History of America’s Wars and Those Who Fought Them:

In the aftermath of 9/11, Wright began periodically visiting military hospitals, not standard fare for an Ivy League president. His encounters with severely wounded soldiers — and his discomfort with present-day civil-military relations — spurred him to write this book. “We pay lip service to our ‘sons and daughters’ at war,” he says, “even if the children of some 99 percent of us are safely at home.” With the United States more or less permanently at war, Americans profess unstinting admiration for those serving in uniform. Yet the gap between soldier and society is wider than at any time in our history.