This is probably how Hillary Clinton sees the situation as well.
Business Insider reports:
In June, US President Barack Obama passed a grim milestone. His administration has been at war longer than that of any other US president.Though Obama did neglect to comment on US activities in countries surrounding Russia and how those operations fit into the equation.
When Obama ascended to office, he pledged to end what has become America's longest war.
The conflict in Afghanistan has been ongoing since 2001.
But at Obama's last NATO press conference on Saturday in Warsaw, one reporter noted that he could end up being the only president in the nation's history to have served two complete terms with the country at war (if the US stays in combat in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan until the end of his second term).
And, as such, he asked Obama whether Americans should be "resigned" to living in this state of perpetual war.
Obama first responded by pointing out that there has been a shift in military operations over the last several years.
"I think you'd recognize that our military operations today in Iraq and Afghanistan are fundamentally different than the wars we were engaged in when" he came to office, he said.
The troops are involved "in train-and-assist situations," he continued, adding that the number of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan today pales in comparison to the six-digit figure from when he came to office.
However, he also touched on the notable shift in how countries deal with conflict.
"There are fewer wars between states than ever before, and almost no wars between great powers," he said. Rather, he continued, "we're dealing with nonstate actors."
And "because they're nonstate actors, it's hard for us to get the satisfaction of [Gen.] MacArthur and the [Japanese] Emperor [Hirohito] meeting and the war officially being over," Obama observed, referencing the end of World War II.
The Empire will attempt to control territory wherever it can,