The United States has been locked into unconventional wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for several decades. Along with counterterrorism operations in Somalia, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, and Libya, one could argue America has not achieved its true objectives in these theaters.

Being bogged down in perpetual unconventional conflicts was unsuccessful in several nations and took away from the central focus of the United States Armed Forces—being the world’s most at-ready conventional military.

Geopolitical Rivals Taking Advantage of Perpetual War

Destabilization in the Middle East only gave life to terrorist organizations such as ISIS and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). China has dramatically increased its military capabilities and been ever-more provocative across East Asia, taking advantage of America’s ill-advised military ventures.