published in Catalyst
Brownlee details how American wars have changed in the last two decades. The electorate is largely against ground intervention, where troops undergo high-risk combat that resemble the “typical” wars of the past. Under the Obama administration, continued by Trump, and likely continued further under Biden, the US military apparatus has shifted to “shadow wars” using drones, bombings, and “targeted killings.” By doing this, they have largely avoided having to deal with the electorate or Congress, and pursue a never-ending cycle that balloons the defense budget.
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