Why Does Congress Accept Perpetual Wars?

Since the Korean War the US has been in virtual continuous war….during Vietnam there was a movement to try and change that but then the government and the media has done a swell job at making the American people accept war and all its trappings……

This is a subject that few Americans want to think about….and if IST is any indication….few care little about what the American soldier must go through during and after combat…..

The American Conservative has taken a look at this subject……

Nominally, the Senate Armed Services Committee, along with its counterpart in the House of Representatives, provides oversight of U.S. military activities. Yet recently, the committee’s unacknowledged purpose seems to be avoiding the meaningful exercise of this role, especially when it comes to scrutinizing the nation’s commitment to armed conflicts like the ongoing Afghanistan War.

Oversight implies ownership. The Congress of the United States has no desire to own a war that is the longest in U.S. history, grows longer by the day, and shows no sign of ending anytime soon.

Source: Why Does Congress Accept Perpetual Wars? | The American Conservative

This subject is dear to me……and I will continue to bring it up and write about it as often as I can…..

Time for the American people to re-think the concept of perpetual war…..Congress is the agency that declares war and yet they have shirked their duty for over 15 years…it is time for them to return to doing the job they were elected to do….


10 thoughts on “Why Does Congress Accept Perpetual Wars?

  1. The first order of business when they do start to take back their responsibility, remove the mechanism that has allowed for the last 15 years of perpetual war and regime change. THEN they can start to ramp down and defund military operations around the world that are senseless and unnecessary.

  2. But chuq.. (in theory) Congress reflects the will of the people (in a perfect democracy). Does not the public bear some responsibility for wars or “armed interventions” that turn into the proverbial quagmires? I recall having listened to an interview with Bill Clinton reflecting on any regrets of his past presidency. He said the biggest one was not taking action in Rwanda when the mass genocide civil war was going on there during his administration that was so much a part of the media coverage of the day. Now, he didn’t indicate to what degree he would have intervened; would it be diplomatic or militarily or humanitarian, or some composite of all. But you could read between the lines that he would have definitely used the military in some capacity. I think these “situations” we become embroiled in are the result of American “humanitarianism”; the moral high ground that it’s American to want to help people suffering around the world… whether with medicine or guns or our own soldiers. How do you change that? Or, is there an equation or criteria we should meet as a nation before engaging our.. compassion?

    1. You are so right and this would make an excellent class….A damn great question….thanx for the brain tease I need to think this through if you do not mind….I will try to formulate a suitable answer for you….first humanitarian stuff is just an excuse these days for intervention but it will be decided by the region and the resources…..take the Yazidis in Iraq…that was an excuse for more intervention which was the plan all along need a cover to expand…..the people are not in control never have been….yes we vote but we vote for lies and promises that somehow never materialize….okay sorry I tried a bit but it will take more thought….sorry….chuq

      1. No apology needed, chuq… I am sure no one is on the edge of their seat waiting for our wise and sage remarks. 🙂 Likely there is no answer.. just hold your hand up, finger your chin.. gaze blankly into some thought provoking future.. and mumble.. “Hmmmm….” 🙂

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