[Ed. – We report. You decide.]
Today, what America does around the world is pretty much what it has been doing since 1945—providing forward presence, deterrence, counterterrorism, training, assistance, and freedom of navigation. That’s important work and a heavy lift, but it ain’t war.
So what the carpers are really complaining about is not “endless wars” (an admittedly powerful albeit dishonest catch phrase), but U.S. foreign policy in general. So the question is: What foreign policy do they want instead?
The U.S. is a global power with global interests and responsibilities. That’s not a choice; it’s just who we are.
No one today is arguing that the U.S. can child-proof the world to make America safe. The overly ambitious efforts of the George W. Bush era clearly created as many problems as they solved.
But, walking away from problems doesn’t work well either—as the Obama team more than amply demonstrated.