War has become a form of secular religion for many Americans in the modern era. Much of our deployment of military power during the last 50 years has rested on a set of absolute beliefs about the overall utility of war. In the process, policymakers and citizens alike maintain an enduring faith that the United States, via its military forces, has the power to transform societies abroad.
Daddis, Gregory A.,“Faith in War: The American Roots of Global Conflict,” Parameters: The US Army War College Quarterly 46, no. 4 (Winter 2016-2017): 43-53.
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