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Very, very sad; I certainly didn't need to read it. At least "The Good Soldiers" told me something about what's going on in my world today, but both reinforce a message I no longer need to hear: war sucks, there aren't really any heroes, and the cost of creating those heroes for the people back home to celebrate is much, much too high. For America, armed conflict is a method of avoiding the truly tough national questions. Our reflexively pro-military mind-set prevents us from really thinking about our goals and objectives; it is, strange as it may seem in light of the intractable "War on Terror", an attempt to provide a quick and essentially meaningless illustration of American potency in action, divorced as it is from a clear discussion of its actual relevance to our national needs and aims. Maybe I should stick to broader histories of the Civil War and WWII - you know, the good wars, the ones with a clear purpose.