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Why the Talk of 'Endless Wars' Misses the Mark

Michael Singh

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Washington Post

November 6, 2019


Military means have often been used to promote peace and stability, such as during the Cold War deployments to Europe and the 1990s NATO mission in the Balkans.

In a town where polarization and partisanship seem to be the rule, there is one proposition to which politicians both right and left seem able to agree: it is time to end the “endless wars.” It’s a notion that is difficult to resist—who exactly is for “endless war,” after all?—and rooted in deep public frustration with the costly but seemingly fruitless interventions of the post-9/11 era. But as a guide to policymaking, opposition to “forever wars” is not useful. Such terms conflate three separate concerns, each of which demands separate consideration...

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