What was once the mark of failure for a conventional army is now the benchmark for success.
Although Hurricane Maria's death toll in Puerto Rico rivals that of the 9/11 attacks, the response to the two events has been dramatically different.
While so much about the War on Terror ... turned Global War on Terrorism ... turned World War IV ... turned “infinite war” ... seems repetitious, the troops most associated with this conflict—the U.S. Special Operations forces—have seen changes galore.
In the name of the fight against terrorism, the United States is currently waging “credit-card wars” in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.
Because unpiloted airplanes eliminate the physical risk to American personnel, the United States has embraced a strategy of global extrajudicial executions: assassinations on foreign soil.
The only thing our leaders and generals have seemed capable of doing, starting from the day after the 9/11 attacks, is more or less the same thing with the same dismal results, again and again.
This article was first posted in 2017 shortly after the U.S. fired missiles into Syria in reaction to reports that the government there had used chemical weapons. In it, Chris Hedges argues that the Middle East will not know peace until the U.S. leaves the region.