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We are miseducating the young to believe military heroism is the noblest form of heroism.
We are celebrating courage and sacrifice in the cause of war. (In the form of movies, tv shows, etc.)
Americans were longing for something greater - more noble and less petty than politics.
Politics turns out to be the only bulwark or defense against the craziness of war. When politics die, the conscience of the republic dies along with it.
In addition to miseducating them on the forms of heroism, movies such as Saving Private Ryan puts forth the message that the intellectual cannot be trusted and that his concern for the laws of war means he is weak and cowardly and that only the TRUE soldier can win the war.
This causes that frame of mind to be the ethos of the "cult of the soldier" which would later arrive to dominate politics.
To reinforce the cult of the soldier is to reinforce the same set of oppositional culture war cliches that undergird our current political discourse. You're either with the war or against the troops.
The experience of Vietnam cleansed the mindset and upstanding notions of military heroism people originally had.
Searching for a cure for this "Vietnam syndrome" was an easy task
It was the centrists and liberals who produced the WWII nostalgia. Absent from those nostalgic WWII memories that were created to cure the "Vietnam syndrome," are the moral horrors of combat that come with war.
The WWII that emerges from the late 90's is one scrubbed clean of its moral complexity. Example, there is no mention of American big business financing the build-up of the Nazi war machine.
WWII nostalgia showed the military and the war as pure and just. A battle between good and evil.