Poor children go fight in rich men’s wars. This phrase might be familiar. It turns out that most US Americans tend not to think of themselves as rich or poor, even if they are. Thus, this phrase has little influence on most the American psyche.
You may have lost a loved one in a recent war, or six times more likely, you may have a loved one seriously wounded in said war. If you are Iraqi, Pakistani or Afghani, you are 474 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured. Historically, the ratio was closer to 1 to 1 in a more even match.
It’s easy to fight other countries now. The United States has become Billy Badass. In the World Wars, one of the most dangerous professions was pilot. Pilots were brave men who flew behind enemy lines, fighting other pilots and dodging anti-air weapons.
This has totally changed.