Why U.S. wars are ‘endless’
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell produced a revealing piece in the Washington Post chastising those who use the term endless wars. In his conclusion, he stated “America’s wars will be ‘endless’ only if America refuses to win them.”
What does McConnell mean by winning? Since George H.W. Bush intervened in Iraq in March 1991, the United States has like the Empires of old became involved in countless conflicts. From Iraq to Serbia, back to Iraq in 2003, Afghanistan since October 2001 to Syria, the United States has been all over the place. But McConnell who sees no inconsistency in prosecuting wars in perpetuity while backing policies that line the pockets of corporations, nevertheless urge other Americans to sacrifice.
The presence of the U.S. only serves to prolong wars and essentially hamper the development of other states. Surely, there are those who would love to see their benefits protected by American arms. However, is it in American interest?
After Saigon fell in April 1975, those cassandras that predicted mayhem and destruction of American power were legion. Yet in 2019, The Democratic Republic of Vietnam is one of America’s strongest allies in Asia. United States ships use those very ports that were built to help during the Vietnam War. DaNang, Cam Ranh Bay and others are utilized by American ships. The Soviet Union is a memory and the United States is the premier super power. So much for catastrophe so ominously predicted in the years 1965-1975.
Despite all that, McConnell seems obsessed in having American forces bogged down throughout the world. We are masters of the universe, we have a right to be and no one will question us. Apparently men like McConnell seem to think that no greater love means stifling other cultures.
But, he is not alone neither in his party nor in the wider scheme of politics. Joe Biden, in 2015, dressed down the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in his own country. In his desire to defend self-determination, he treated a head of state like an office boy. The American imperium runs wild eager to improve our clients if we have to kill every last one of them. This is an exaggeration but the point is troubling.
Indeed, the Syria imbroglio which like Ukraine involves Russia is somehow separated by McConnell’s Republican. Lindsey Graham with his usual sophistication calls Ukraine “a nothing burger,” whatever that means, but is hot to intervene in Syria. Trump is quite right in saying Graham would never leave the Middle East if it is up to him. Why — Israel is perfectly able to defend itself and Turkey is a NATO member. Graham’s idea sounds like America wants all in the Middle East to be vassal states. and he’s prepared to make a down payment with peoples’ lives.
McConnell reminds many that there are diplomatic stewards worse than President Trump. Endless wars are “endless” for a reason and not the one McConnell thinks. They are unsolvable because the U.S. cannot bring peace to cultures they do not understand.