A blistering critique of the gulf between Americaâ€™s soldiers and the society that sends them off to war, from the bestselling author of The Limits of Power and Washington RulesThe United States has been â€śat warâ€ť for more than a decade. Yet as war has become normalized, a yawning gap has opened between Americaâ€™s soldiers and the society in whose name they fight. For ordinary citizens, as former secretary of defense Robert Gates has acknowledged, armed conflict has become an â€śabstractionâ€ť and military service â€śsomething for other people to do.â€ťIn Breach of Trust, bestselling author Andrew Bacevich takes stock of the separation between Americans and their military, tracing its origins to the Vietnam era and exploring its pernicious implications: a nation with an abiding appetite for war waged at enormous expense by a standing army demonstrably unable to achieve victory. Among the collateral casualties are values once considered central to democratic practice, including the principle that responsibility for defending the country should rest with its citizens.Citing figures as diverse as the martyr-theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the marine-turned-anti-warrior Smedley Butler, Breach of Trust summons Americans to restore that principle. Rather than something for â€śother peopleâ€ť to do, national defense should become the business of â€śwe the people.â€ť Should Americans refuse to shoulder this responsibility, Bacevich warns, the prospect of endless war, waged by a â€śforeign legionâ€ť of professionals and contractor-mercenaries, beckons. So too does bankruptcyâ€”moral as well as fiscal.