Why Don’t Americans Want to Join the Military?

Young Americans are refusing the join the military. In fact, for several years in a row, the military has fallen short of its recruitment goals.

The question is why.

Newsweek provided some answers, and surprisingly, were generally spot on.

But they missed the larger picture. We take it for granted that the United States needs a standing army over nearly 1 million men and women.

The United States spend more money on the military than the next ten countries combined.

It has become a huge industry and it makes people like Nimrata Haley rich. It also provides jobs, which is why Republicans keep the money flowing into their districts. Of course, it’s been this way since St. Abraham’s war on the South. He had to pay people just to fill out the Union ranks for much of the war.

In other words, it’s just another version of government welfare, only you could die to receive it, particularly when the United States has boots on the ground in 178 countries. That’s over 150,000 soldiers in over 750 foreign bases, and this doesn’t count off the books activity like CIA destabilization operations.

To put that in perspective, when the United States declared war on Germany in April 1917, it had roughly 125,000 men in the standing army.

That number ballooned to over 4 million during the war, and while Congress disbanded much of the regular army in 1920, it never reduced it to prewar strength, and since World War II, the United States standing army has never fallen below about 1 million soldiers.

It’s amazing what a progressive foreign policy will do.

To “keep the world safe for democracy”, fight totalitarians abroad, contain communism, and destroy an “axis of evil,” Americans have shed a lot of blood and been soaked for trillions of dollars.

It has also allowed for massive social engineering. Military recruitment has gone woke, and so their efforts to draw new soldiers from generally conservative families and groups is now broke.

Young Americans are wondering why they should go fight and die for an American empire that does not support them. And those that are already woke won’t fight for a racist, sexist, bigoted society.

Leftism is a disease worse than cancer. It cannot be destroyed, never goes into remission, and the prognosis is always fatal.

But the issue provided good Podcast fodder, so I cover it on Episode 901 of The Brion McClanahan Show.

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