How to End America’s War in the Greater Middle East

WIB front July 22, 2016 0

A coalition soldier aims an infrared sight during a night range in Kabul province, Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo Andrew Bacevich argues it’s time to cut...
A coalition soldier aims an infrared sight during a night range in Kabul province, Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo

Andrew Bacevich argues it’s time to cut and run

by MATTHEW GAULT

The United States is at war and has been for nearly 15 years.

Major U.S. ground combat operations in Iraq in Afghanistan have ended, but America still maintains a presence in both countries — and is expanding a commando presence in Syria. Washington funds Syrian rebels, bombs Islamic State strongholds and runs drones from Afghanistan to the Horn of Africa.

With America fighting on so many fronts it’s hard to understand the Pentagon’s strategy or the end game for the various conflicts. Retired U.S. Army Col. Andrew Bacevich says it feels that way because it is that way. According to Bacevich, the U.S. military is fighting a war that began decades before 9/11.

This week on War College, Bacevich walks us through what he calls America’s “War With the Greater Middle East” and tells us how it started and why he thinks it must end.