The USA Is Always In A War

The USA Is Always In A War

Okay, nearly always if one splits hairs. 

Nearly always it seems some region in some country is being bombed – aerial bombed. If not by the USA, then some other country or nationstate is doing our bidding for us.

The’ll claim not to be always in a war, or always bombing someplace or some group of people into submitting to their will. Jews in Israel, Palestine don’t fight on the ground. They don’t want fatalities, so they bomb from above – targeting regions where there’s a disproportionate gap in military strength, so they don’t get hit back.

I say, if we’re bombing someplace, we’re in a war and at war. Evidently, we’re not AT war. Therein lies a difference. IN or AT decides whether there’s a declaration or not.

The Defense Department redefined the word war when applying it to the United States of America.

Unless the ones we’re bombing are bombing us back, we’re not AT war.

Even after the 9-11 attacks on America and even though we carpet-bombed Iraq and cave-bombed Afghanistan resulting in huge fatalities, the USA refused to say they were at war with any country. Those were two major countries with large numbers of inhabitants.

They instead called it a war on terror – which essentially meant any country giving safe haven to terrorists became a target for a terrorist exorcism via the bomb, if they didn’t fight terrorism within their own respective countries. The USA charged themselves with the duties of how the targeted countries were to accomplish that.

In hindsight some news reporters began calling it the Iraq war or the War in Afghanistan, even though the defense department didn’t declare war after the attack on American soil on 11 September 2001. There never was a declaration of war, so why try to fool people, fool the world, by calling it the Iraq war and the War In Afghanistan?

  • Semantics was the word of the day. It’s all in how you phrase or purse it.

That would have essentially meant that two or more sides or opponents abide by similar rules of engagement. The USA didn’t want an engagement. They wanted to respond to the attack against America by killing at least half a million people while the enemy stood down, except for a few scattered rebel groups that had some impact, but in comparison, it wasn’t a close fight. Not nearly.

One must wonder, while the USA and Britain militarily overpowered both Iraq and Afghanistan by such a huge gap, why it took ten years for one and twenty years for the other to leave the decimated countries? Basically, the only ones engaging were the aggressors: American and British forces. Logistical support was provided by other nations including France, Germany, Australia and Canada.

The USA aggressive involvement in Iraq ended 15 December 2011 having lasted a little more than ten years.

The USA aggressive involvement in Afghanistan began and ended 7 October 2001 – 30 August 2021 nearly twenty years long.

If you can believe the figures: During the War in Afghanistan, according to the Costs of War Project, the war killed 176,000 people in Afghanistan: 46,319 civilians, 69,095 military and police and at least 52,893 opposition fighters.

If you can believe the figures, and the counts for Iraq military and civilians appear to be intentionally murky no matter where the research leads, about half a million Iraqis were killed by coalition/allied forces against Iraq, in Iraq. Most people believe the count is much higher – so high to be an embarrassment. 

What are the rules of engagement in the military?

“Formally, rules of engagement refer to the orders issued by a competent military authority that delineate when, where, how, and against whom military force may be used, and they have implications for what actions soldiers may take on their own authority and what directives may be issued by a commanding officer.” 

If killing a half million people isn’t a declaration of war, then it’s a holocaust.


“What began as protests against President Assad’s regime in 2011 quickly escalated into a full-scale war between the Syrian government—backed by Russia and Iran—and anti-government rebel groups—backed by the United States, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and others in the region. Three campaigns drive the conflict: coalition efforts to defeat the Islamic State, violence between the Syrian government and opposition forces, and military operations against Syrian Kurds by Turkish forces.”

Getting involved in other countries’ civil wars or civil disputes leads to increased fatalities and massive suffering.

5,681,856 registered Syrian refugees in five countries plus North Africa.

6.2 million displaced people within Syria

According to estimates by the United Nations, more than 400,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of the war. The UN reports that, as of January 2019, more than 5.6 million have fled the country, and over 6 million have been internally displaced. Many refugees have fled to Jordan and Lebanon, straining already weak infrastructure and limited resources. More than 3.4 million Syrians have fled to Turkey, and many have attempted to seek refuge in Europe.”

The USA hasn’t declared war on or against Syria, but significantly contributed to a massive escalation of a Syrian civil war, essentially involving the super powers of the world taking sides and again decimating a country and its people.

Again, a half million people dead, millions displaced with no end in sight and we rarely hear anything about it in the news.

If killing a half million people isn’t a declaration of war, then it’s a holocaust.


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