Posted by Ada Coddington

To have free rein to fight without limit of time or treasure, our establishment has discovered it can simply never declare formal war.

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The term “forever war” has officially entered the lexicon. News reports of the disastrous American military withdrawal from Afghanistan in August were virtually guaranteed to contain at least one reference to the “forever war” that had slow-boiled there for almost 20 years. The 20th anniversary of the nightmarish morning of September 11, 2001, has also given Americans pause, causing us to reflect on the “forever war” against terrorists, and then against terrorism, and finally against all forms of insecurity these past two decades.


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