During World War II the American military establishment consummated an evolutionary process: it became a contradiction. It became so in much the same fashion as the ideas of equality and liberty are a contradiction: deeply, disturbingly, and disharmonically. Since that transition period-called by Russell Weigley the passage from "frontier constabulary" to "serious competitor of European armies long accustomed to international contests on a grand scale"-the military establishment has searched for a justification, a raison d 'etre.1
Wilkerson, Lawrence B.
"The Military in the Post-Vietnam Era: A Search for Relevance,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 36
, Article 8.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol36/iss3/8