The Tragedy Of The American Military Analysis

Decent Essays
In his article “The Tragedy of the American Military”, James Fallows discusses how the majority of the American public holds the military in high esteem, but has little to no knowledge about military affairs. In turn, the United States is more likely to go to war and turn a blind eye towards sound military spending. Although I agree with the author on most of his arguments, I do not completely agree with all of them.
The author states that the press does not voice public skepticism about the military as they do about other American institutions. I believe that the public is in more in touch with other institutions that have a direct effect on them. For example, health care and education nearly touch every American and hence receive harsher
…show more content…
Prior to reading his article, I did not think much about someone coming up to me to thank me for my service. I always viewed it as a sincere thanks by someone who admired the American military and what it has done for the American public. It made me feel good about serving in the United States Air Force and committing myself to public service. However, after reading the article, I am slightly more skeptical about the sincerity of people making such a statement. After thanking a military member for their service, do those individuals go about their normal lives without giving another thought to the military, thereby proving how empty the statement really was? Perhaps they say thanks for the sole reason of making themselves feel better by having accomplished a good deed. Have they themselves tried to become a member of one of the military services, but failed for whatever reason and now use this as the means to pay their respect? Alternatively, is it possible that the individual thanking me is a veteran himself and wants to show his appreciation of continuing the tradition of serving this great nation? These are questions I will be asking myself during future situations where the military is being appreciated at either public events or through a personal encounter. Though I am slightly more skeptical about the sincerity of the statement “Thank you for your service”, I disagree with the author that it does more for the civilian public’s self-esteem than for the troops. In my opinion, most of the American public is well intentioned when showing their appreciation for the military. They are proud to be Americans and they are proud of what the military stands for. I might be one of few who believes that appreciative gestures toward military members are not empty. Those that have some connection to the military, either through a

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    Patriotism In America

    • 1234 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Is this the only country that shows respect for their soldiers? No, probably not, only the goal is not to “out nice” other countries, the objective is to show that the average, everyday people care for each other and that they stop and show respect to the people that ensure that America is safe. That is American. Other ways to show patriotism are The Fourth of July celebrations, voting in elections, visiting memorials, and even reenacting wars in order to allow the memories to stay alive. There is no way to experience the feeling of being a true American other than to become one, it is an abstract feeling that is difficult to describe.…

    • 1234 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    What he did was extraordinary, risking his life to protect our country during war. He fought in many wars and has came out successfully. People do not think about soldiers, they think they are in the army because it is their job and it is not important at all. On the other hand, they are wrong. Soldiers work very hard to make their country a safe place.…

    • 1063 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The problem is that a medal can’t even come close to making up for what they have gone through. Giving out all these Purple Hearts just makes the military look like the good guys instead of the heartless force they really are. If they truly care about all of the people who have served, veterans like Sam Ferris wouldn’t have to fight for their right to be award the honors they have earned and deserve. People really need to understand how much the military uses soldiers as just numbers and not actual humans. They are only humans when they are no longer any use to them as fighters, so only after Johnny got his…

    • 1532 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Then, he ended the speech with words that George Washington wanted to the first American armed forces(footnote): "The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the sacrifice, the more glorious the…

    • 1729 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Steinbeck is an admirable man for giving up such a glamorous life to document the stories of the American soldiers that helped the Allied powers win the second World War. For the soldiers to go from civilian life to being told what to do and when to do it must have been an awful adjustment to have to make. However, there were a few good hobbies and good times that made life a little easier for them. Although they had their hobbies, no amount of good times or training could help them deal with the terror of real combat. Luckily, Steinbeck was there to capture those moments for people who did not have to suffer through the…

    • 1231 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Chief among these gaps is the lack of trust by the civilian populace that the Army is an effective organization. Effective means not only fighting wars but also winning them and while minimizing cost. I believe a strong sentiment has arisen in the civilian sector that the military is just a vessel of waste that has not brought a successful resolution to a conflict since World War Two. The military is not entirely at fault in this matter since national policy certainly has its own impact. To ensure the success of both and avoid finger pointing, the Army professional must apply strong stewardship in providing unique and vital expertise to the decision making process on both sides of the aisle (ADRP 1, p. 6-10).…

    • 713 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    My Greek Heritage Essay

    • 1096 Words
    • 4 Pages

    We have been raised to be proud of our country, and I am proud to be an American. It bothers me that people from other countries are offended by this and portray the feeling that being proud to be American is something for which I should be ashamed. Think Communication states that, “Ethnocentric communicators offend others when they imply that they come from a superior culture with superior values” (Engleberg & Wynn, 2015, p. 44). I have never felt that America is a superior culture with superior values. There are countries I believe are superior to America both in culture and values, but there are also countries that I believe America has far surpassed.…

    • 1096 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    “No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” This is the truth of many soldiers who have fought daily to keep peace in our own country. Our country involves itself in issues to help achieve overall tranquility in this world. These soldiers who gave their lives for us, for planet Earth to live on, are often forgotten or brushed to the side, particularly by younger generations. The people of the United States of America look to celebrities as role models, but many human beings do not see the great actions of the fallen or living soldiers, or anybody doing a heroic act for this country.…

    • 669 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    6). Many American citizens aren’t confident in this stance since they believe by the NSA snooping into their information and possibly breaking “the first and fourth amendment” (qtd. in Privacy, par 5.) but the Patriot act is not limiting their freedom. However, a survey in 2014 shows that a “majority of Republicans and independents disapproved of the NSA’s collection of phone and internet data” (Philidelphia par.…

    • 806 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Use Of Satire In Catch 22

    • 481 Words
    • 2 Pages

    If it was told from the point of view from an officer, it would not have dug so deep into the problem of government corruption. The author showed us how life was for a specific kind of person in the war and mainly focused on them. It did not show the points of view of everyone in the…

    • 481 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Decent Essays