Why They Died: The Motivations of American Soldiers in 12 Great Wars
The story is worth a read.
But there is another story lying within. It is the story of how much importance Americans place on life. Notice how many of the wars resulted in few deaths. The comparisons are truly stunning.
The National WWII Museum | New Orleans: Learn: For Students: WWII by the Numbers: World-Wide Deaths
Few of the nations involved in WWII were free, it is clear that free markets, with republican governance, with substantial individual liberties value life far more than dictatorships, empires, totalitarians, or other autocratic governance.
One of the primary reasons for the success of the Pax Americana is the successful American export of free markets, republican governance, and individual liberties. Now is no time to follow the Obama lead, and withdraw from this most important endeavor.