The United States has spent most of the last 50 years at war and all of the last 25 years at war. The wars in which we have been engaged included:
- Vietnam War
- Gulf War
- Operations in Somalia
- War against Serbia (including interventions in Bosnia, Herzegovina, and Kosovo)
- War in Afghanistan
- Iraq War
- Intervention in Libya
- Interventions in Somalia, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen
In practical terms what U. S. foreign policy objectives have been advanced by these and our other interventions over the period? Other than the vaguest and most abstract of foreign policy objectives, I don’t believe any have been.
In my view all of these wars, interventions, and operations have been undertaken for domestic political reasons and were mostly miscalculations but I’m open to arguments that they advanced our foreign policy objectives.
Your turn. Remember, practical terms not hypothetical or theoretical reasons or what might have happened if they had turned out differently.