This country has gone to war around the world and even within its own borders, and never once has it done so in its own defense. We have paid the price for freedom for many people around the world, and in some cases the cost was justified. We have also carelessly thrown away the lives of thousands of young men more than once not to earn anyone’s freedom but to satisfy bloodthirsty public opinion, to entertain half-baked notions of empire, and to engage in unwinnable real-life chess battles with political adversaries. More than one million Americans have died in the course of our wars from 1775 to this very day, fighting for almost every imaginable cause except one — American freedom.
(PS- you can read more of Brian’s thought-provoking post here)