Hint: It doesn’t involve Syria.
It's been 10 years since the start of the war in Afghanistan. It's time for some reflection.
In 1961, Dwight Eisenhower famously identified the military-industrial complex, warning that the growing fusion between corporations and the armed forces posed a threat to democracy. Judged 50 years later, Ike’s frightening prophecy actually understates the scope of our modern system—and the dangers of the perpetual march to war it has put us on.
Iraq-style counterinsurgency is fast becoming the U.S. Army’s organizing principle. Is our military preparing to fight the next war, or the last one?
The U.S. military is becoming more politically assertive. This is not a welcome development.