The United States has since the 1990s become increasingly the victim of an “exceptionalist” ideology that claims world leadership for the nation and an obdurate militarism, corrupting to American historical institutions and values.
Terminating the Afghanistan War and ending the global projection of American military power of which it is a part are indispensable steps to saving the nation. Those who object say that the present policy of pre-emptive wars and global strategic projection by means of worldwide military bases is essential to national security. Thus a lasting American presence in Afghanistan is held to be crucial for installing new American strongholds in proximity to China, contributing to an encirclement and system of intimidation that has begun already. If this leads to war with China, well, that will prove that the American policy preparations were justified.
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