I may stand misinformed, but I have read that things got awfully rough during WWII. No aspersion cast at all. Quite the opposite. Many Americans admire Britain for the way it soldiered on with all that was going on. 90% of the buildings in Hull received bomb damage in WWII. Americans have no idea at all what it's like to be invaded on any scale, let alone that, as it hasn't happened since 1812. The Revolutionary War is little closer to me than the War of the Roses--just history book stuff.
And of course America didn't really 'save everyone' unless you figure that protecting our interests, reluctantly, whilst wishing we could remain isolationist dammit, was saving your bacon as well. Don't necessarily figure that. No, we lost a lot of soldiers, but almost everybody got it worse than us, which was in fact part of my point.
And plenty of mistakes were made on both sides. My old man got drafted, rushed through boot camp in half time, and shipped off to Africa as a Technical Sergeant because he showed talent in electronics and was needed to work with early radar. I don't think he was all that well prepared for what he experienced. He still needed to be a soldier sometimes, after all.
Almost everybody got it worse in WWI as well, all American ballyhooing of its military sacrifices aside. If we're getting it worse in Iraq, it's because it's our war, we started it, we pseudo-justified it, so of course we carry the big end of the log for once. Shouldn't be carrying it at all, though. Not saving anybody there.
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