Article about US ‘soldier worship’ has Americans spitting mad

Heaven forbid that Americans have “a lot of fuzzy thinking about the armed forces.”

The Economist, a London-based magazine, is concerned about America’s “love affair with uniformed men,” asserting that those who serve to protect the U.S. really don’t care all that much for Old Glory, as the American flag is sometimes called.

While the real intent seems to be a campaign to undermine “America’s unthinking reverence for its fighters” in hopes of curtailing our “military ambitions,” the op-ed begins with a cynical take on thank you cards from schoolchildren, who often thank the troops for “being over there to keep us safe.”

The magazine insisted few soldiers believe that to be the case.

“No soldier expects the beloved chumps back home to understand what he gets up to,” the piece stated. “He just needs to feel appreciated.”

(GASTON DE CARDENAS/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, is targeted for recent remarks that were said to encourage a “highly romanticised view of military service, which is inaccurate and counter-productive at best.”

Kelly dared talk about the “selfless devotion that brings a man or woman to die on the battlefield” while addressing last week’s controversy over a call between Trump and a fallen soldier’s widow.

AP Army Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright
(Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne/U.S. Air Force via AP)

But The Economist is adamant that soldiers are inspired by “comrades fighting either side of them, not the flag.”

We are warned that there “are costs to America’s uncritical soldier worship.”

“Most obviously, it gives the Department of Defence an outsize advantage in the battle for resources with civilian agencies,” the op-ed says, getting down to the brass tacks.

Civilian agencies that administer social welfare programs.

“The fact is, America’s foreign-policy doctrines envisage a degree of global dominance, based on military might, which its volunteer force is now too small to enforce. And to increase the force sufficiently, on current trends, appears unaffordable or impossible.”

And the military’s alleged unfair advantage in the fight for funds is, in large part, due to our “soldier worship.”

Soldier worship the Brits depended on to help keep Adolph Hitler across the Channel.

Here’s a sampling of responses from social media users, who were not necessarily in agreement with the “left wing rag.”

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Tom Tillison

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