War seems like a simple affair. You get the biggest army. You invade enemy countries. And then, when you win the war, you make them submit to you will. This is how we have done it for thousands of years, and it has always worked.
But from 2001 onwards, the entire logic of war seems to have been turned on its head. The United States has, by far, the biggest and best armed forces in the world. It is possible that they also have the most sizeable military edge over its competitors that any empire has ever enjoyed. Could the US military on its own take on the entire of the rest of the world combined and win? I don’t know. Probably not. But it is not an absurd proposition. They might. This has never been the case for any other empire at any point in history.
So then how does the most powerful army the world has ever seen, an army which is surrounded mostly by relatively powerful allies who share its goals, keep winning wars and yet still lose the peace? The United States has won every war it has entered since 2001. And in every instance, it has managed to inflict greater damage to her own interests than if she had not entered the war at all.
Russia is not fully responsible for the cultural dynamics (the “culture wars”) flaring up in our countries, but they are the most consistent sponsors and greatest beneficiary of our divisions.Dr. Azeem Ibrahim