Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

"An extraordinary turn against military intervention"

Visiting Scholar Stephen Kinzer comments in Aljazeera America.

September 11, 2013

An F/A-18F Super Hornet prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz Sept. 3, 2013 in the Red Sea. U.S. Navy/Getty Images

"War is woven into the fabric of American life, and Americans usually embrace it. A century ago, this was because many considered war an exuberant, cleansing, manly endeavor. ... American reluctance to intervene in a faraway land suggests a retreat from hubris toward reality."