Here's the percentage of your life the U.S. has been at war.

Source: Washington Post

@fribbledom i assume this number is only hot wars bc if we include CIA coups and covert ops every year since the second world war would be 100% lol

@melissasage @fribbledom I think the number is something like -- there are only 19 years since the US's founding during which we have not been at war (including the more overt wars against indigenous people, but maybe not the less overt ones)

@melissasage @fribbledom I think "since" may be used in the sense of "starting with," since Germany is in there too.

@melissasage @fribbledom I would guess they started with WWII because a) data and b) bombing only became possible w/air flight and WWI we were less involved in

@fribbledom the chart doesn’t show me accurate percentages if i died before 2019

@fribbledom I started reading the list on wikipedia recently, so many times when the US would be in 2 or 3 simultaneous wars

@fribbledom What is their definition of „war“? By one rather useless definition, the US has never been at war after 1945.

@fribbledom Found the source and an sad they don’t define when they count an armed conflict as war and more interestingly when not.

@fribbledom So, basically, if you aren't out of grade school and college, you have no memory of a time the US wasn't at war.


Yeah... if you're from this millennium, you're out of luck 🙄

@fribbledom Not quite. While the US has been involved in conflicts all these times, the US had only officially been at war with anyone during the War of Independence, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the American-Spanish War, and the two World Wars, in that order.

Interesting, though from WaPo. Another way of looking at this to consult the essay That "Most Peace-Loving of Nations" in Ward Churchill's masterful On the Justice of Roosting Chickens -- the essay makes a compelling (to me at least) argument that the United States has been at war in every year of its existence. At least until 2003, when the essay was written. I trust no-one is foolish enough to believe there has been war-free year since then. So... the summary could arguably be:

Everyone alive: 100%
@HolyPastrami Semantics and sophistry. No Korea? No Vietnam? No Iraq (twice)? No Afghanistan? Nothing at the moment? (Just to grab the low-hanging fruit.) A lot of people have died in these non-wars.
I wrote:

I trust no-one is foolish enough to believe there has been war-free year since then.

I was completely wrong about that it seems.

Holy Pastrami wrote:

...and the two World Wars, in that order.

@fribbledom I guess it's good that it shows under 50% of my life 🙁
I guess it's bad since that means I'm old 😢
I also found out a few days ago that I predate the mcdonalds happy meal 😭

@fribbledom this is grossly inaccurate. the US has been at war 222 out of 239 years, 93% of its history

It's worse than that after WWII the US took step after step to make being at war the default state of the country. They used to need a formal declaration of war to give the government the kind of powers it has by default now.

In weighing the resources available to the government(s), we can either complain about it, have faith that their best minds are better than our resources and minds, or ... yeah, that's it.

I'm rooting for America to team up with Russia and to make the world one state called Rumerica


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