I don't disagree with the premise, nor the truth, of your post. However, I believe that the article upon which we are commenting is about the performance of American warriors in foreign wars; in this case WW2 and the battle of Midway. So, your pivot to the potential for internecine civil conflict is a bit out of context. Should such a conflict occur, there will be military trained service veterans on both sides. Nevertheless, as you point out, the conflict will be between those who like "big government" in order to feel "more safe" and those who favor small government and individual liberty in order to be more free. As you cited, our original War of Independence in 1776 was fought over exactly these ideals and our founding fathers foresaw that this same conflict might have to be fought again. While none of us wish for such a war, as it was in 1776, it will eventually be forced upon us by those who seek to revoke individual liberty in order to reinforce or create what they see as "safety."