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Elizabeth D. Samet
“The allure of military life and its heroic promise seem indestructible, but nothing threatens the romance of war more effectively than war itself.”
“Our national fondness for celebrating the physical heroism of soldiers — the apparent readiness with which they sacrifice their lives to larger causes — eclipses the far less romantic displays of moral and intellectual fortitude that also distinguish so many of them. In turning them all into heroes, we have lost a sense of the individuality they also fight to preserve.”