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PERMANENT WAR: Is This Our New Reality?

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Is America in a state of permanent war, or at least a war that will span generations? From the First Gulf War to expel Saddam Hussein from Kuwait, to the military operations to enforce sanctions on Iraq, to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and all the of terrorist attacks on us and our covert military operations in between, we’ve been at war for 20 years, and there is no end in sight. Is this our new reality?

Bob Woodward, in his new book, Obama’s Wars, quotes General David Petraeus, commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan: “You have to recognize also that I don’t think you win this war. I think you keep fighting. It is a little bit like Iraq, actually. . . Yes, there has been enormous progress in Iraq. But there are still horrific attacks in Iraq, and you have to stay vigilant. You have to stay after it. This is the kind of fight we’re in for the rest of our lives and probably our kids’ lives.” (More)

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One Response

  1. Zman says:

    I agree with your premises in general, but we can not afford, literally, to fight these major campaigns indefinitely. Just ask the Soviet Union what the cost of their prolonged stay in Afghanistan was. It broke the bank for them and why should we think we’re immune to accounting?
    We have entered a very new era of war where the enemy is not out in front like in the history of classic battles so it will require extra wariness on our part to keep our shores and other interests safe. I don’t think we have to just sigh and accept our doomed fate of endless war. This enemy is insidious and wears many faces. It will indeed take a long time to fully flush this foe out, but we must be clever and change our paradigm regarding the administration of this war.

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