The sabers are rattled.
Politicians make pointless speeches tinged with false bravado.
The Generals talk of the power and the glory.
Jingoism takes center stage.
The soldiers are cheered as knight of old.
Medals are minted, then awarded, the propaganda rolls on.
Then the realities roll in day after day.
We restrict our own liberties in the name of our own security.
We imprison without trial and question.
The body count rises.
We commit and then justify torture.
The wars grind on.
We dehumanize the results of our actions in terms of collateral damage.
We feign shock when humanity breaks down.
Just some bad apples we will say.
Then continue planning the next escapade.