Military Worship Hurts U.S. Democracy

Battlefield experience shouldn’t trump the outsider benefits of civilian leadership.

Foreign Policy
Sep 24, 2018 · 10 min read
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By Mara E. Karlin and Alice Hunt Friend

Toward the beginning of the 2012 novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, a U.S. soldier on leave from the war in Iraq reflects on his encounters with civilians. “For so many of them, this is the…

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