The latest headlines could have been taken from any week in the past decade: American troops are staying in Afghanistan and Britain joins the American-led coalition to attack ISIS. We underestimated the threat overseas.
The constant flood of images of terrorists and troops fighting them has become the new normal — a 21st century aspect of American life.
So it’s not surprising that many young Americans see the new campaign in Syria against a new enemy with a shrug of indifference. We took to the social media platform Whisper to ask: How has the never-ending war affected you?
One user wrote: “Being born in 1996, all I can say is that I’m used to it. I’ve seen people who have been affected horribly, and I’m used to it. I’ve never known this country when it was completely at peace. That to me is very depressing…”
We asked Ken Sofer, Associate Director for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress, to explain how the never-ending war has affected the perception of what war is to young Americans.
“Most Americans are disconnected from it,” he said on Fusion Live.
For many, this perpetual war hits closer to home. One Whisperer wrote: My brother served and was injured. A friend has PTSD from being in Iraq and Afghanistan. And another friend is on deployment.”
But for others, they don’t see any impact on their lives and it is “concentrated on a small number of Americans,” Sofer added.
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