In American society, having the military actively engaged in combat operations doesn't seem to have much effect on day to day life. After the War in Vietnam (I always read that in my head sounding like Forrest Gump for some reason) the United States has not had active conscription (although all male citizens are still required to sign up for selective service). There is no rationing, and there hasn't been enemy troops (in the traditional sense) on U.S. soil since the War of 1812. Or as the British call it, 'The War We Fought Because We Were Bored'. I'm wondering if for many American citizens there's a general callousness to the effects of these military actions have on people involved. Or perhaps it makes it easier to support conflicts. Even still, there has been a certain war weariness creeping into the zeitgeist, it seems to me it's already abating and I think that is dangerous.