We have made war so much LESS terrible, so antiseptic, so clean, that we can take-down the largest regional army (Iraq) in days with fewer casualties than a weekend in Chicago. Really.
Hence, we have grown to fond of it.
Consequently – we go to war too often, as it no longer is so terrible that we avoid it. And more people are dying – on both sides – than would be dying if America had the sense to KEEP WAR TERRIBLE.
Had we working brain cells, we would KEEP WAR TERRIBLE, and ENSURE we do NOT “grow too fond of it.” And we’d stop waging it unless absolutely necessary.
How? What’s the BEST way to keep war terrible? Tactical nuclear weapons. We’d only need to do it once or twice to both defeat our enemies and ensure we’d not have to stop them again.
And doing so would be so terrible that we’d not do it again… until absolutely necessary.
But as long as military careers are our priority, as long as we rotate general officers (failing or not) in and out of the combat zones for as long a time as we can, and continue buying lots of planes, tanks and bullets – and beds at Walter Reed – the Military Industrial Political complex will continue to drive these small wars. Which will kill and maim volunteers, about which no politician cares, but will be conducted so quickly as not to seem terrible to any but the families of the dead and maimed left in its wake.
You want to stop fighting wars? Make war, again, too terrible to contemplate.