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America Is in a State of Perpetual War

A senior air warrior, graduate from the Staff College and a PG in military studies. He is qualified to write on war and allied matters.


The Present

The death of Roosevelt and the end of WWII set in motion an era, that saw the USA fighting a perpetual global conflict. Harry Truman set the ball rolling when he intervened in Korea against China and the North Koreans. The battle was a stalemate. Truman was an archetypical white supremacist who almost agreed to the request of the Commanding American General Douglas MacArthur to Atom Bomb China. The plan was dropped on the advice of Sir Winston Churchill, the then British Prime Minister who pointed out to Truman the fallacy of Atom bombing another Asian nation and being dammed in history. Truman had no choice but to dismiss MacArthur who was out of his depth in the Korean war. He appointed General Ridgeway as the commander but victory eluded the USA.

After 3 years of fighting Truman threw in the towel and agreed to a cease-fire. Though the Korean war ended yet the cycle of wars commenced. That was the beginning and the Americans got involved in conflicts thousands of miles from home. It's been a perpetual war

American wars

Looking at the map one can see that right from the Middle East to Vietnam and East Africa the US armed forces have been waging a covert or overt war for the last 7 decades. The results have not commiserated with the effort as they failed to win in Korea and lost decisively in Vietnam. The war in Afghanistan was also lost resulting in a chaotic retreat that has been dubbed the " Mother of all retreats."

The Americans also attacked Iraq and removed Saddam Hussain and won, but at best it was a pyrrhic victory. Iraq has gone out of the American sphere of influence and the Iraqi parliament has called for the withdrawal of all US forces. The situation is so desperate that no American can walk the streets of Baghdad alone for fear of being killed.

The Americans also intervened in Libya and the results have been nothing short of disastrous. The country is ravaged by the Civil War. They have now instigated Ukraine to oppose Russia but by all accounts despite all the sanctions enforced by the Anglo-Saxon powers led by the USA, the Russian economy has not tanked and rouble has stabilized and Russia is likely to achieve its aim in Ukraine.


Donald and War

The enemy getting killed is part of the game but when thousands of young Americans are killed, then the American role needs to be evaluated afresh. The advent of Donald Trump gave a glimmer of hope as he was of the opinion that NATO was an obsolete organization and he brought fresh air to a moribund confrontationist policy by meeting the North Korean leader Kim Jong twice as well a better appreciation of Russia under Putin.

Donald is credited with the view that the Americans have been losing wars all the time. He says that if you fight then you must win or not fight at all. This was his justification for a massive increase in the defense budget. Donald was right in his assessment of the American war effort but he was defeated in the election by a combination of factors and left the field free to Joe Biden.


Last word

The Americans were defeated in Afghanistan and Joe Biden thought to improve his ratings at home with a spectacular show in Ukraine. However, the results have belied expectations and the Russians have not given up. Biden's plans for a united front on sanctions have also collapsed with the EU continuing trade and buying oil from Russia. In the bargain, he has lost the focus on China. This more than meets the eye as there is a lot of evidence that shows that his son Hunter Biden has some dubious financial connections with China. No wonder the Chinese celebrated when Biden won and Trump lost.

All this does not hide the fact that thousands of American young men have died fighting for a dream put forward by mediocre American leaders who became presidents. I wonder why there was no backlash against these men who led American young men to death. Who will answer this question?

© 2017 MG Singh emge


MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on March 02, 2017:

Yes Clive that's a great observation. But victory is a part of war, you love it but don't win.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on March 02, 2017:

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America is a country that simply loves war

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on March 02, 2017:

Dear lions, I am extremely sorry to have hurt you. That was not my intention. I just wanted to make a point on futility of war and an onging war for 6 decades by the USA. All I am saying is, it must stop.

CJ Kelly from the PNW on March 02, 2017:

Madan, no empathy? Absolutely dumb thing to say. That's incredibly insulting. I had a father who dealt with PTSD. He was traumatized and never got treatment. Have a nice life.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on March 01, 2017:

Dear wrench, I am so glad you wrote this. You have stated what should have been stated. I love America and it pains me to see it degenerate. Such wars will drain the super power status of America. Who will change it?

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on March 01, 2017:

Dear Lions, nice of you to comment, but war is serious business and I had a feeling you were trying to trivialize it. Yes, the USSR collapsed, but what will you say if America collapses due to its debt burden of fighting these perpetual wars? Lastly, you have no empathy for young men killed by the political - military leadership chasing an impossible dream?

Ronnie wrenchBiscuit on March 01, 2017:

Thanks for posting this Hub. Yes, I agree the United States is in a state of perpetual war. But you are too kind in your assessment. The United States, and the European Colonizers that preceded them on this continent have been engaged in a perpetual war for 500+ years.

What Hitler only dreamed of doing has been realized in the "American Dream" of Manifest Destiny. However the U.S. government continues to cloak it's evil purpose with the excuse that they are preserving our freedom and democracy by using weapons of mass destruction to kill our "enemies". And it appears that many of these so-called enemies are non-combatants: innocent men , women, and children.

To answer your closing question. The ruling elite do not care about death and destruction, and after over 500 years of war that should be obvious. You care because you are a human being. But the men who founded this country were not like you, and neither are their progeny. They are more akin to reptiles: a class of animal that does not have the capacity for emotion.

lions44 is another apologist for this evil empire. The tired argument that "It's not just us!" and that war is a part of the human condition, plays well to a self-absorbed proletariat addicted to consumerism. But the truth is that the majority have always been pacifists. Young men go to war because they are manipulated and herded in that direction by a handful of greedy and powerful men. Individuals do not start World Wars, but governments do. Governments are the true enemy of the people. Furthermore, to suggest that the United States should be given a free pass because other nations engage in wars is like suggesting a rapist should not be held accountable because rape is "part of the human condition". Such twisted logic can only lead to the conclusion that since men have been raping women, children , and each other for thousands of years , then no one should be held accountable.

CJ Kelly from the PNW on March 01, 2017:

Madan, I must respond specifically to this one point: no one who is advocating a "get tough" policy with Putin is pressing for war. I don't know why you imply that. Many of Trump's fan boys yell, "Warmonger!" at me and others every time we complain about Putin. We are not "warmongers." We advocate containment of Russian ambitions in Eastern Europe and the Middle East as well as maintaining a strong NATO alliance (and by extension, the EU). That has been U.S. policy in the post WWII era, and it's worked. The Soviet Union was broken and Putin should follow.

Russia and China are rivals to the U.S., we have every right to push back. Trump and his crowd love Putin because he is a white strongman, who they see as fighting Islam at his borders. That's all. It's about race with them. They are hardly peace activists.

I also take exception that war is part of American culture. It is part of the human condition, not unique to Americans. How many times has India fought Pakistan? Now there's nuclear arms race in the region. Europe was in a perpetual state of war for almost 300 years. There are over a dozen Muslim insurgencies going on around the world. Is violence and war part of their culture?

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