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   Civil War: 1861-1865

   Spanish-American War: 1897-1898

   World War I: 1917-1918

   World War II: 1941-1945

   Korean War 1950-1953


   Vietnam War: 1965-1975

   Iraq War: 2003-2011

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   Afghanistan War: 2001-present

Before 1961 the longest war we were ever in was eight years and that was when a bunch of colonists rebelled against the strongest army in the world.  We defended ourselves again against England in the span of only two years, resolved a civil war within four, and defeated Nazi Germany also in only four years.  Yet since 1961 we fought for ten years against poor Asian farmers in Vietnam's civil war between capitalists and communists, we spent eight years in Iraq, and after twelve years we are still currently fighting in Afghanistan.  The War in Afghanistan had a justifiable reason to get involved in with the attack of 9/11 from Al-Qaeda and a tangible goal with the death of Osama Bin Laden.  However, Iraq and Vietnam were both initiated with false information and provided no clear victory.  North Vietnam did not strike first in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964, we did, and Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction.  And what were the results of these two conflicts?  Yes, Saddam was removed from power but that was not a concern for Americans.  We lost in Vietnam and what we feared happened--it became a unified Communist nation--and that union never threatened national security or the American was of life.  Oh, and also defense contractors made a lot of money in these wars.

I will not dare to go as far as to say that the government was behind 9/11 or the chemical attacks in Syria to initiate a war they want, like some conspiracy theorists believe.  But I will also not deny that within this Military Industrial Complex there are opportunists.  These are the opportunists Eisenhower tried to warn us against.  They make money off orders by our government for more planes, and tanks to be built.  More planes and tanks are ordered when more planes and tanks are being destroyed daily in an armed conflict. 

To maximize the most profit they don't was a decisive war that can be in ended in only a few years.  They want quagmires.  Wars that last for decades.  Wars that don't have a clear attainable goal that can be accomplished in a few years.  They want wars against ideologies--wars against communism, wars against terrorism.  As long as these ideologies are out there, we will have a war to fight.  These never ending wars, translate to never ending checks to their companies. 

Which is just what they want.

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So what is are real motive for Syria?  Well Iraq is over and Afghanistan is winding down.  The military industrial complex needs a new country to invade, just like how terrorism became the new ideology to fight after communism.  Bombing Syria will make some contractors richer.  And if this limited strike leads to a greater conflict, well mission accomplished--more money for the Military Industrial Complex.

Like people who make money off snowblowers would want longer winters with more snow, people who make money off war machines want longer wars with more conflicts.  They look for any reason around the world to lobby for us to get involved in militarily.  Then deals can be made like Lockheed Martin getting 7.3 billion dollars in 2007, for 60 F-22 Raptors--a plane that has not seen any combat. This is War Incorporated.  This company's mission statement is to create long, drawn out conflicts with no immediate end in sight, but a lot of tax dollars used to pay for war contracts.  War Contractors will never want peace, and they have enough money to lobby against it.  This is a powerful voice in American politics that the American people must struggle to quiet.  We need to ask for more of a reason to get involved in a war that risks the lives of our men.  We need to give up our dream to be the policeman of the world.  We need to stop losing the lives of our young to make money for these war profiteers. 

We need to put War Incorporated out of business.  

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Drew D'Amato is the author of the novels Social Studies and Bloodlines. He also has a masters degree in history, and has taught at the high school and college levels. When not writing he spends his time getting himself into trouble.

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Any moral authority the US had was destroyed long ... by Michael Germain on Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 9:37:15 AM
well said Drew.... by Michelle Aviles on Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 11:43:45 AM