An absolutely searing indictment of the US citizenry’s relationship to the US Army. Bacevich accuses the US population of what could probably be described as malign neglect of its professional soldier class while papering over any lingering guilt with a shallow form of patriotism. He traces the neglect to the post-Vietnam decision to eliminate the draft and create an all-volunteer professional force. This move disconnected US society at large from its armed forces and allowed each to drift apart from the other. Once that was accomplished, the malignity of endless overseas conflict with a force too small to sustain it could now begin, because policy-makers were free to start wars without the need to convince the public at large that the conflicts were worth dying for. Further evils, like the use of modern mercenaries, followed from there. Highly recommended.