Is America Addicted to War?

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    Is America Addicted to War?

    The top 5 reasons why we keep getting into foolish fights.


    BY STEPHEN M. WALT | APRIL 4, 2011


    The United States started out as 13 small and vulnerable colonies clinging to the east coast of North America. Over the next century, those original 13 states expanded all the way across the continent, subjugating or exterminating the native population and wresting Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California from Mexico. It fought a bitter civil war, acquired a modest set of overseas colonies, and came late to both world wars. But since becoming a great power around 1900, it has fought nearly a dozen genuine wars and engaged in countless military interventions.

    Yet Americans think of themselves as a peace-loving people, and we certainly don't regard our country as a "warrior nation" or "garrison state." Teddy Roosevelt was probably the last U.S. president who seemed to view war as an activity to be welcomed (he once remarked that "A just war is in the long run far better for a man's soul than the most prosperous peace"), and subsequent presidents always portray themselves as going to war with great reluctance, and only as a last resort.


    In 2008, Americans elected Barack Obama in part because they thought he would be different from his predecessor on a host of issues, but especially in his approach to the use of armed force. It was clear to nearly everyone that George W. Bush had launched a foolish and unnecessary war in Iraq, and then compounded the error by mismanaging it (and the war in Afghanistan too). So Americans chose a candidate who had opposed Bush's war in Iraq and could bring U.S. commitments back in line with our resources. Above all, Americans thought Obama would be a lot more thoughtful about where and how to use force, and that he understood the limits of this crudest of policy tools. The Norwegian Nobel Committee seems to have thought so too, when they awarded him the Nobel Peace Prize not for anything he had done, but for what it hoped he might do henceforth.


    Yet a mere two years later, we find ourselves back in the fray once again. Since taking office, Obama has escalated U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and launched a new war against Libya. As in Iraq, the real purpose of our intervention is regime change at the point of a gun. At first we hoped that most of the guns would be in the hands of the Europeans, or the hands of the rebel forces arrayed against Muammar al-Qaddafi, but it's increasingly clear that U.S. military forces, CIA operatives and foreign weapons supplies are going to be necessary to finish the job.
    More at the link, but here are the titles of the 5 reasons (which the author explains):


    Here are my Top 5 Reasons Why America Keeps Fighting Foolish Wars:

    1. Because We Can.

    2. The U.S. Has No Serious Enemies.
    3. The All-Volunteer Force.
    4. It's the Establishment, Stupid.
    5. Congress Has Checked Out.


    This article is from the widely respected Foreign Policy.
     
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    War is an industry in America.
     
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    America and Americans aren't addicted to war. The Globalists and Bankers that control us are addicted to war.

    Wanna' stop the wars? Get rid of the Federal Reserve for starters.
     
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    The US of A is THE superpower of the current world, you can't remain a superpower if you don't use all your tools to maintain your current power: it s as simple as that. After the standoff during the cold war, the US became the only "world policeman"
     
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    yes.
     
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    Humans throughout history have been Addicted To Force.

    It's only been for a brief time (mostly in Western Civilization) that voluntary interaction and rule of law has replaced Kings, Thugs, and Others who rely on force to seize the productivity of other as tribute/spoils.
     
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    War is the health of the state.
     
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    If US is a superpower and the US is addicted to war, why doesn't the military fight the invasion of the United States by Mexico that has been going on for decades?
     
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    Because US companies profit from the massive mexican illegal integration, cheap loans = lower costs = more profits ... ( maybe you should ask the republican representative you ve voted for, he works for those companies ;-) )

    Try not to fall from your chair: the military is used to fight it

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    No-one has, and ever will, go to war with and mercilessly rag-doll as many countries as the UK has.

    Fact.
     

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