American elections are perhaps the most followed elections in the world, with Democrats and Republicans being projected as diametrically opposite over immigration, taxes, gun control etc. However, the two parties share a major aspect besides their belonging to the US: foreign ‘intervention’ (which, if any other nations do, may successfully qualify as ‘war’). With Biden continuing the American tradition by bombing Syria, let’s take a look at every intervention (read: war) that the US has been a part of since its inception.
Crux of the Matter
Note: Most of the supposed ‘interventions’ are not officially recorded as ‘wars’ in US history. However, with the blatant disregard of rules and humongous casualties involved, assessing them as such would not be an exaggeration.
- 117 “partisan electoral interventions” in other nations by US (1946-2000) as per Channel 4.
- 46 US military interventions (1948-91) increased to 188 (1992-2017).
- As per The News International, US “has been at war for about 225 of the 243 years since its inception in 1776”.
“In the US, there is basically one party – the business party. It has two factions, called Democrats and Republicans, which are somewhat different but carry out variations on the same policies. By and large, I am opposed to those policies. As is most of the population.”Noam Chomsky, Linguist, Cognitive Scientist, Political Activist and Social Critic
Read about the role of America in Korean war here
- The CIA Tibetan program was a nearly two-decades-long anti-Chinese covert operation focused on Tibet which consisted of “political action, propaganda, paramilitary and intelligence operations” based on U.S. Government arrangements made with brothers of the 14th Dalai Lama, who was not initially aware of them. The goal of the program was “to keep the political concept of an autonomous Tibet alive within Tibet and among several foreign nations”.
- The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to United States President Barack Obama for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people“. Obama accepted the prize in Oslo on December 10, 2009. In a 36-minute speech, he discussed the tensions between war and peace and the idea of a “just war”.
- Just war theory is a doctrine of military ethics studied by military leaders, theologians, ethicists and policymakers. The purpose of the doctrine is to ensure war is morally justifiable through a series of criteria, all of which must be met for a war to be considered just. The criteria are split into two groups: “right to go to war” and “right conduct in war”. The first concerns the morality of going to war, and the second the moral conduct within war.