"...America's soldiers are unique. They've never gone forth to war in a bad cause. Even when the cause was geopolitically mistaken, it was morally sound; the enemy could not claim the moral high ground. Nor have American men at arms ever been defeated on the field of battle. It suggests that the old cynicism "might makes right" has things exactly backwards.
But the uniqueness doesn't stop there. Alone among all the nations of the world, only the United States has sent its sons to war entirely for the benefit of others. Hundreds of thousands of Americans gave their lives in Europe, in the Pacific, in Southeast Asia, and in the Middle East to liberate oppressed peoples from tyranny and despair. They're still doing so today. No doubt they'll do so tomorrow. And all America has ever asked in recompense, in Colin Powell's memorable words, is ground enough to bury those who don't return....
We call them heroes, and the word is apt. But it doesn't cover the whole of the American martial experience. Many a hero has fought only in defense of that which is dear to him personally. The American soldier, more often than not, has gone to war in defense of that which is dear to others he never knew...." Read the rest at Eternity Road