Danny Sjursen, a TomDispatch regular, is a retired U.S. Army major and former history instructor at West Point. He served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and now lives in Lawrence, Kansas. He has written a memoir of the Iraq War, "Ghost Riders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge." His forthcoming book, "Patriotic Dissent: America in the Age of Endless War," will be published in September. Follow him on Twitter at @SkepticalVet and check out his podcast "Fortress on a Hill."