After the American Revolution and the Civil War; after World War I and World War II; after the Korean "Police Action"; after Vietnam and after the Cold War; after every major war, however great our victories or embarrassing our defeats, the U.S. public always has tended to lose interest in the profession of arms. Legislators invariably return to the same old penny-pinching practice of trimming the military budget. Call it what they will—drawdown, downsizing, rightsizing, cost cutting, reorganizing—politicians in Washington and armchair strategists in our proliferating think tanks are quick to argue that a two-ocean navy or a large army capable of handling a couple of conflicts at the same time are not likely to be needed ever again. The Marine Corps, some suggest, should be done away with entirely.
Notable Naval Books of 1997
By Lieutenant Colonel Richard Seamon, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)