For those of us short on American foreign policy history, there's one item that should be required reading for all potential American men and women before obligating to a tour as a G.I. in any branch of the United States armed forces. It's nothing that requires any great commitment of time to read. Oh hell, I'll even give it to you right here, right now.
"Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy." - Henry Kissinger, quoted in Kiss the Boys Goodbye: How the United States Betrayed Its Own POW's in Vietnam