And here's where the pot boils over:
... National security experts warn that a decade of conflict shouldered by an all-volunteer force has separated those in uniform — about 1 percent of society — from the rest of the citizenry. Such a “military apart” is not healthy for the nation because the fighting force may begin to believe it operates under rules that are different from those the rest of civilian society follows, and perhaps with a separate set of benefits, as well. ...Thom Shanker, NYT
We pay -- in honor and gelt -- for all of this. And what strikes me as the ultimate shame for America is that "decade of conflict." We not only did the wrong thing -- twice! -- we did it badly.