A fundamental fact seems relatively clear: Americans do not personally like to fight in wars, especially and most particularly as members of ground forces. Indeed, Americans have greatly and often passionately-sometimes even violently-resisted personal participation in combat and have used various means including political efforts, to avoid circumstances that could require such participation.
"Of Wars and Warriors (American Style),"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 25
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol25/iss8/3