Soldiers and Airmen from the Arizona National Guard assemble in mass formation during the Arizona National Guard Muster at Arizona State University's Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. (U.S. Army/Brian A. Barbour)
On Perpetual War

The American Military Dissected: Few Volunteer the Rest Just Watch

In his urge to ditch the draft and so dampen the still-churning antiwar movement at home, Nixon created a new kind of American force, closer to a foreign legion geared to fighting never-ending wars thousands of miles from what, post-9/11, came to be known as “the homeland.”