CHARLES BURTON MARSHALL
The topic assigned to me, having to do with the interface between military matters and foreign policy, seems to presuppose an integral connection between the nation's ability and its will to wage war if need be and its role in the public life of the world.
The implicit presupposition is a valid one. That is the way of the world. I make the point coldmindedly--without celebrating or deploring it. What I wish to emphasize is that the national psyche is not comfortable with that idea.
More than fifty years ago in my first school course in American history, we skipped all the wars. Even the quadrennium 1861-65 was a gap. Wars are irrelevancies, the teacher explained. Only a short time back, I happened to chat with my nieces about their American history courses. The same thing, with the same explanation, was happening with them.____________________