Sense Of Mission 'Increasingly Difficult To Find' In Today's U.S. Military, Former Marine Says

Sense Of Mission 'Increasingly Difficult To Find' In Today's U.S. Military, Former Marine Says

2:40pm Apr 19, 2018
U.S. Marines walk to guard stations at Camp Shorab on Sept. 11, 2017 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)

U.S. troops are involved in combat, counterterrorism or combat support missions in Iraq, Africa, the Philippines and elsewhere. This year marks the American military’s 17th year in Afghanistan.

Former Marine and author Phil Klay (@PhilKlay) tells Here & Now‘s Eric Westervelt (@Ericnpr) the lack of clear mission, and the lack of debate about the fighting in American society, are having deleterious effects on troop morale.

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