Our “Forgotten” and Invisible Wars

Source: Eunomia
by Daniel Larison

“[Paul] Poast is right that Americans pay little or no attention to Syria or U.S. forces still involved in hostilities there, but rather than being forgotten it would be more accurate to say that most Americans never knew much about the U.S. role in Syria in the first place. ‘Forgotten’ wars are usually forgotten after they have ended, but it is something else when most of the public is unaware of an ongoing one. This is not so much a forgotten war as it is an invisible one, at least as far as most Americans are concerned. This is not unique to the Syrian case, but has become typical of how the U.S. fights the ‘war on terror.'” (09/02/22)