According to a recent article making the rounds, America has been at war for 222 years of its 239 years existence. The writer’s point seems to be that America is an awful place, or as one Facebook poster called it “an imperialist war-based nation”. Seems we just can’t keep from killing people. So in the interest of keeping things real, I have prepared a summary of the history as presented, but with my comments.
- 1776-1783 was the 7 year Revolutionary War, really a civil war to free the colonies from the rule of a tyrant.
- 1783-1795 was the 12 year Northwest Indian War, really not a war, but skirmishes between Native Americans and the governing authorities.
- 1798-1800 was the 3 year Quasi War, a naval conflict between America and France, also not an actual war.
- 1801-1805 was the 4 year Barbary War, our first conflict with Islam to protect sea trade from Muslim pirates.
- 1806-1806 was the 1 year Sabine Expedition to defend the border between Spanish Texas and the Louisiana Territory.
- 1810-1810 was a 1 year border conflict between Americans and Spaniards in western Florida.
- 1811-1811 was the 1 year Tecumseh War, really just an uprising by Shawnee Indians against American settlers.
- 1812-1815 was the 3 year war with Spain that had been brewing over border disputes.
- 1816-1825 was the 9 year attempt to curtail piracy in the vicinity of Puerto Rico.
- 1827-1827 was the 1 year Winnebego War, another indian uprising.
- 1831-1879 was 48 years of conflict with native Americans along with the Civil War from 1860-1865.
Need we continue? When looked at honestly, this is not a history of the American Government attacking foreign nations. Rather, it’s a history of American authorities trying to defend American citizens. The “wars” that are listed are more about personal protection than political intrigue. Even into recent history, the United States has had an isolationist thread, only entering WWI and WWII after being attacked. Even more recently, the cold war and associated Korean and Vietnam wars were only undertaken to contain communist expansionism. Finally there is the war on terror which began in earnest only after several thousand people were killed at the World Trade Center.
America’s Leftist socialist internal enemies want to paint a picture of the United States being evil, not because it is true, but because it suits their narrative. After all, it’s hard to convince people to discard a great nation and its systems unless you can convince enough people that the nation doesn’t deserve to exist. Centuries ago, the prophet Isaiah condemned those who use such deceptive tactics when he wrote, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”