My answer to Are we (USA) at war right now?
Answer by Ken Larson:
You have asked an excellent question.
Perhaps the following offers some insights, perspective and certainly the opinions of some among us who have been to war.
The world was different in the World War II era when the U.S. last formally declared a war. The issues, battles and domestic domains were much closer to home than today. Relatives and friends in that era died to rescue humanity from vicious control of the Nazis and the Japanese empire.
Since Vietnam, the last undeclared “Conflict”that caused a major upheaval of the citizenry and the resignation of a President, we have been involved in a different type of warfare that not only younger people but their parents and most of our citizenry are not close to at all.
THOSE WHO HAVE FOUGHT ASK GOOD QUESTIONS
‘NEW YORK TIMES”
“There are 26 veterans from the United States’ two most recent wars serving in the House and Senate. Many say their experience in Iraq and Afghanistan taught them that the American military cannot fix what is fundamentally a cultural and political issue: the inability of governments to thwart extremism within their own borders. Ted Lieu of California, said he would not support giving Mr. Obama the formal authority he had requested because, like many veterans, he finds it difficult to see how the conflict will ever end.
“The American military is an amazing force. We are very good at defeating the enemy, taking over territory, blowing things up,” said Mr. Lieu, who served in the Air Force and remains in the Air Force Reserve as a lieutenant colonel. “But America has traditionally been very bad at answering the next question, which is what do you do after that.”
Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan now serving in Congress have emerged as some of the most important voices in the debate over whether to givea broad authorization for a military campaign against the Islamic State or something much more limiting.”
NO SKIN IN THE GAME
“A people untouched (or seemingly untouched) by war are far less likely to care about it,” Andrew Bacevich wrote in 2012. Bacevich himself fought in Vietnam; his son was killed in Iraq. “Persuaded that they have no skin in the game, they will permit the state to do whatever it wishes to do.”
BUYING OUR WAY OUT?
Foreign aid in the billions continues to the Middle East. US weapons export sales have reached a crescendo, increasing by 31% to 94 countries. with the Middle East receiving the line share.A single Weapon, the 1.4 Trillion dollar F-35 will soon account for 12% of our total national debt.
QUOTE BY ERIC PRINCE, EX- CEO BLACKWATER:
“NATIONAL DEFENSE MAGAZINE”
“The world is a much more dangerous place, there is more radicalism, more countries that are melting down or approaching that state.” At the same time, the Pentagon is under growing pressure to cut spending and the cost of the all-volunteer force keeps rising, Prince said.
“The U.S. military has mastered the most expensive way to wage war, with a heavy expensive footprint.” Over the long run, the military might have to rely more on contractors, as it will become tougher to recruit service members. Prince cited recent statistics that 70 percent of the eligible population of prospective troops is unsuitable to serve in the military for various reasons such as obesity, lack of a high school education, drug use, criminal records or even excessive tattoos. In some cases, Prince said, it might make more sense to hire contractors.”