The Sufficient Condition For Forever War Is Never War

Source: The American Conservative
by Jason Morgan

“[T]here is something odd about the use of ‘forever war,’ something almost uncanny. Afghanistan was not a war at all. A conflict, an intervention, a police action, a kinetic ground movement, a deployment, a forward operating base, a mission, a drone field, a battlespace, a theater — Afghanistan has been all these things to us since 2001. … It is even more cliched to refer to Afghanistan as the graveyard of empires than to the war there as a forever war, but the truth is that the war our empire has been waging there was never declared. The big business of forever war appears to be wedded to the late-imperial taboo against declaring war in the first place. Forever war rests on never war.” (09/14/21)