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.