How Much Of Your Life Has The United States Been At War?


  Somewhere in the ever-flowing river of flotsam that is Twitter, a simple data point offered by a college commencement speaker jumped out at me before being borne away on the tide of immediacy.

This bit of data:

tweet

The speaker was ABC journalist Martha Raddatz, and the point is the key one in the intro: The graduates have spent half their lives with America at war.

It’s a startling idea, but an incorrect one. The percentage is almost certainly much higher than that.

Using somewhat subjective definitions of “at war” — Korea counts but Kosovo doesn’t in our analysis, for example — we endeavored to figure out how much of each person’s life has been spent with America at war. We used whole years for both the age and the war, so the brief Gulf War is given a full year, and World War II includes 1941. These are estimates.

flag war

But the beginning of the conflict in Afghanistan in (late) 2001 means that anyone born in the past 13 years has never known an America that isn’t at war. Anyone born after 1984 has likely seen America at war for at least half of his or her life. And that’s a lot of Americans.

These figures shift easily. An end to the conflict in Afghanistan (and, if you include it, the overlapping fight against the Islamic State) means that the percentage of time those young people have lived in a state of war will decline quickly.

But that state of war, we are told (I am too young to know better) feelsdifferent than America during World War II or, particularly for the college-aged, Vietnam. Moreso than those wars, war today is distant, fought on our behalf.

That’s Raddatz’s other, perhaps more important point: Young Americans have lived in a country at war for almost their whole lives, but they have to be reminded of it.

Philip Bump

Views: 80

"Destroying the New World Order"

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE SITE!

mobile page

12160.info/m

12160 Administrators

 

TOP CONTENT THIS WEEK

Latest Activity

Guardian of Scotland posted a discussion
1 hour ago
Less Prone commented on Central Scrutinizer's photo
Thumbnail

Uncle Joes Oval

"Time to learn more about Joseph Stalin?"
2 hours ago
Less Prone favorited Chris of the family Masters's blog post Imagine if this were the Trump family?
2 hours ago
Central Scrutinizer's 2 blog posts were featured
2 hours ago
Less Prone favorited Central Scrutinizer's blog post Fire at world's largest vaccine producer kills five
2 hours ago
Chris of the family Masters's 2 blog posts were featured
2 hours ago
Doc Vega's blog post was featured

Is America at War with China? Current Status

As far back as 1996 it was reported that the People's Republic of China had been donating to the…See More
2 hours ago
Less Prone commented on Larry Flinchpaugh's blog post MSNBC-Rachel Maddow Reveals her Hateful and Vindictive Personality
"Sorry, but I cannot really force myself to watch that creature talk."
2 hours ago
Less Prone commented on Central Scrutinizer's photo
Thumbnail

Call Of Duty: INAUGURATION

"A solid proof of the Joe Commie-la team incompetence. Who would be this stupid to treat the solders…"
2 hours ago
Less Prone replied to Chris of the family Masters's discussion Articles of Impeachment Filed Against Biden
"Corrected "Articles" :-)"
4 hours ago
MAC favorited Twilight Zone's video
6 hours ago
MAC posted discussions
6 hours ago
Strat247 and Less Prone are now friends
7 hours ago
Chris of the family Masters replied to Chris of the family Masters's discussion Articuls of Impeachment Filed Against Biden
"Sorry about typo."
7 hours ago
Chris of the family Masters posted discussions
7 hours ago
MAC posted a video
7 hours ago
Chris of the family Masters posted a video

Twitter Senior Executive Vijaya Gadde Details Plans for Political Censorship on a Global Scale

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR CHANNEL!Support our work with tax deductible donation: https://www.projectveritas.com/donateSign up to get our emails: https://confirmsubscr...
8 hours ago
Anti Oligarch posted a photo
9 hours ago
cheeki kea favorited Twilight Zone's photo
10 hours ago
Central Scrutinizer posted photos
10 hours ago

© 2021   Created by truth.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

content and site copyright 12160.info 2007-2019 - all rights reserved. unless otherwise noted