Most Americans have not earned ‘war-weariness’

Eliot A. Cohen objects to the overuse of “war-weariness” to describe many Americans’ reluctance to see the U.S. military to engage in Syria. “The families of the fallen are entitled to war-weariness,” Cohen wrote. “So are those wounded in body or spirit, and their loved ones. The mother who has sent her son to war has a right to war-weariness, as does the father who prepares to send his daughter to battle again and again. But for the great mass of the American public, for their leaders and the elites who shape public opinion, ‘war-weariness’ is unearned cant, unworthy of a serious nation and dangerous in a violent world.”