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
@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.
@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.
@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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