After World War II, the Nazi Hermann Goering said that “Naturally the people don’t want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.”
years, has made decades-long war tolerable to a population that otherwise would have refused to tolerate it long ago. The death and destruction from the perpetual war is carefully hidden from the public, and this war is made to look like separate wars that cleanly start and end. This concealment is very deliberate; it’s why the U.S. has publicly underestimated the size of its presence in Syria, why the U.S.’ occupation of 53 African countries isn’tacknowledged by the Pentagon as an active military operation, and why America hasn’t officially declared war since World War II.