How We Got Into a Permanent War

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A 2016 Gallup poll found that 73 percent of Americans trust the military

Andrew Bacevich, retired professor of history and international relations at Boston University, West Point graduate, Vietnam veteran and author of America's War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History (Random House, 2016), argues that the U.S. shifted its military focus from Cold War footing to the Middle East in the 1980s, leading to today's "permanent war."