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by Sherwood Ross America is “a nation that seeks war” and if it doesn’t change it could end up destroying itself, a law school dean warns. Given all the wars the United States has waged, “It is preposterous but true that we do not see ourselves as a nation that seeks war,” writes Lawrence Velvel, dean of the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover.
While Americans struggle to answer how long the US has been in Iraq or Afghanistan, how much money has been spent, and how many lives lost, Europeans feeling the cost of US wars at home take to the streets in protest. In the US, despite two combat missions costing thousands of lives, more than a trillion dollars, and nearly ten years, for many average Americans the realities of US wars aren’t hitting home. “I’m trying to think Afghanistan, Iraq, I don’t know if it’s over or still going,” said Rene Moreno when interviewed on the street in Times Square, a California resident visiting New York. The details, for instance, how long the US has been fighting in Afghanistan aren’t known.