The panel begins by discussing the past and present of the U.S. military, arguably the strongest and mightiest in the world. But has it become so good at one thing that it has forced itself into a business it’s bad at — like economic intervention, waging asymmetric wars, or cyberwarfare?
And, as the panel discusses, is it this expansion and versatility of the military and its new roles that has brought about another more serious consequence? Because being a country always at war changes the very definition of war. Brooks points out that the danger of being locked in protracted, unending conflicts is that once you decide to call a set of activities “war,” then you’re operating in a world where you’re allowing the government to do things it normally wouldn’t do.