There is a saying: if you are a hammer, everything look like a nail.
This could be a metaphor or corollary for the US military. If you have a huge military machine, does everything look like a target for a war?
Now, they must figure what to do with all the troops no longer screwing up the Middle East. There used to be a time when idle soldiers spent the days painting rocks on the base or peeling potatoes on KP duty. Now, they need something to do with all the weapons procured by a hungry machine and a reason to buy more ammunitions from suppliers needing profits.
If you want to see what’s wrong with the world, listen to Tucumseh Valley, sung by Nancy Griffith. This might be the saddest song ever written, if you listen carefully and have a bit of empathy. So much about the human experience can be elicited from from the words of this song. At the end, one feels sad, not only for Caroline, but all who suffer/suffered a similar fate in a cruel world.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.