Two-and-a-half years ago, we posed a question that we’d like to ask again today on the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
It’s a simple question, one that we think has probably already been answered by the risk-averse, politically correct way in which America tries to “wage war” as the world’s sole remaining “superpower.”
So here goes … does America have the stomach for war anymore?
We’d like to think that it does (given that our enemies clearly have the stomach to wage war against us), but the numbers really don’t bear that contention out.
In previous conflicts, America sacrificed soldiers by the hundreds of thousands, but then the Vietnam War brought images of that sacrifice into our living rooms on a nightly basis – with reporters often non-heroically portraying the soldiers who were giving up their lives.
Since Vietnam, America has had no appetite for mass casualties, although in fairness that’s not distinctly an American trait and is probably a result of the evolution of warfare in the nuclear/ asymmetrical (terrorist) age.
Nonetheless, our nation lost 416 soldiers each day during World War II. By comparison, during the Iraq war America has averaged roughly 2 deaths per day.
Again, those are two vastly different conflicts in two vastly different eras, but the question still stands … what are your thoughts?