“In a town where polarization and partisanship seem to be the rule, there is one proposition to which politicians both right and left seem able to agree: it is time to end the ‘endless wars.’

“It’s a notion that is difficult to resist — who exactly is for ‘endless war,’ after all? — and rooted in deep public frustration with the costly but seemingly fruitless interventions of the post-9/11 era. But as a guide to policymaking, opposition to ‘forever wars’ is not useful. Such terms conflate three separate concerns, each of which demands separate consideration…”

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