We are still in a war, right now, in Afghanistan. This very second - we’re not done there and won’t be for a long time coming it appears. My daughter has never known a world where America isn’t at war as a matter of fact, so wrap your head around that.
And I know it’s fashionable to not think that drone bombing people in countries adjacent to war zones is a war (because it keeps our troops safer, although there are still serious psychological consequences to killing people at a “safe” distance), but it is indeed warfare, even if it’s not declared warfare. We’ve been bombing with drones remotely in Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen for a quite a while now and look unlikely to stop doing that. Libya is still a hell hole, because we and the EU knocked that shit over and then decided not to help clean up our mess, and now Erik Prince is eager to send in troops to help end the refugee crisis and the growing slave trade happening there, and we all know how well his work was with Black Water - I mean, only a few dozen civilians killed, but that’s not war, right? Hell, four special forces soldiers were killed not doing war a few months ago in Nigeria [correction, should be Niger]…
How is all this not war? What precisely is your criteria for war, if not all of this that’s happening right now around the world involving American forces? Does it have to look precisely like WW2 for it to be a war? This is not world war 2. War looks different now, but it’s no less destructive to human life than it was then.
[ETA] The four soldiers killed were in Niger, not Nigeria… Still, the point stands. Why were four special forces doing in Niger in the first place?