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Great powers, endless wars

By Gwynne Dyer       

The great-power mania infects everybody. Donald Trump, despite his well-founded conviction that America should bring its troops home from the Middle East, has now vetoed a bipartisan Congressional resolution that tried to force an end to American participation in the war in Yemen.

The U.S. has chosen to fight a number of wars, often for relatively minor stakes, because it could. Flickr photograph courtesy of user #G7Charlevoix

“Great nations do not fight endless wars,” said Donald Trump in his State of the Union speech last February, but he was wrong. That’s exactly what they do. Great powers fight MORE wars than anybody else, even if, like the United States today, they have no hostile neighbours.

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