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May 15, 2016


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The Moro Rebellion was the first thing I thought of when people started passing this link around.

And, of course, the US and its several predecessor governments had been in a state of war with various Native American tribes intermittently through the 17, 18th and 19th centuries.

Also, I think one of the things that motivated a lot of people to support the invasion of Iraq was the sense that the US hadn't "finished the job" after the 1991 war, which was the reason we were still stuck in a sort of low-level conflict there through the whole Bill Clinton administration. So the chronic US-involved war in Iraq goes back at least that far.

Well even after 1945 the US has been more or less involved in nearly continuous overseas conflict:

1898-1934 - various wars and small wars

1934-1941 - peace

1941-1945 - The Second World War

1945-1950 - peace

1950-1953 - Korean War

1953-1955/1959 - peace (depending on when you define the start of the Vietnam War)

1955/1959-1975 - Vietnam War

1975-1980 - peace

1980-1984 and 1986-1989 - various small wars (Operation Eagle Claw in Iran, various actions in Libya, actions against Iran during the Iran-Iraq War in relation to the Persian Gulf and oil shipping, Panama, Lebanon, Grenada..)

1984-1986 - peace

1990-2000 - various wars (continuation of Panama, Iraq, no fly zones, Desert Strike and Desert Fox, Somalia, Bosnia, Afghanistan & Sudan, Serbia/Kosovo, USS Cole in Yemen)

2001-present - Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Haiti (no fighting), Pakistan/Neptune Spear...)

So since 1898 (the past 118) the US has been at peace for all of 21-25 years. In essence the US has been at war for every 4 out of 5 years.

And during those intervals of "peace", the US was still meddling heavily in various other countries' civil wars through proxies.

Great post.

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