Will the wars ever end? I often hear it stated that once the US invades a country it never withdraws its forces. Not completely. For instance, WW2 ended in 1945, but we still have troops in Japan and Germany.
The media propaganda about troop reduction seems to never end. A good number of voters in this country consider the war in Iraq to be over even though it’s not, ended by the great peace president Barack Obama, and the war in Afghanistan to be drawing down. Warmongering Republicans don’t help by reinforcing the illusion that Obama has ended wars by attacking him for a supposed weak foreign policy.
Our country doesn’t even do some of its fighting under its own flag. We have instead allowed for our dirty work to be carried out under the NATO banner or by mercenaries who commit so many atrocities they have to change their company name every few years to keep negative publicity from catching up with them (e.g. Blackwater/Xe/Academi).
The real question is not will it end. It has to end. We’re broke. As Ron Paul has said, “The financial calamity is going to be much worse than anybody ever invading this country.” And yet the spineless hawks continue to bang the drums of war. Sanctions are passed and the stage is continually set for more war. So will we reach a point where we demand peace or will we just crumble internally as all great empires do. Sadly, my money is on the latter.Published in