War and the New Normal
Phil Walter
211

I wonder what will come of this generation when it’s all said and done. Where do we go from here? How will our country remember the fallen and broken? Will it ever be enough? — Letter from a U.S. Army captain serving in Afghanistan

This is a quote from a letter written to Dr. Elizabeth D. Samet, a West Point professor of English and author of No Man’s Land: Preparing for War and Peace in Post-9/11 America. She argues the effect of perpetual contact has had on the Army where students in the class of 2001 are now in the middle of their career. Normal will it ever exist? Never has the U.S. military been engaged in such a long period of war. With President Obama and other administration leaders saying the war on terror is a generational battle, will the U.S. military ever know the tranquility of a peacetime force; the endless inspections, BRACs, budget shortfalls, and uniform changes — Normal!

My review of No Man’s Land: Preparing for War and Peace in Post-9/11 America.