When I saw this statistical meme going around on Facebook, which was posted by Mint Press News, I did not believe that the US has only seen 17 years of no combat, so I had to check it out for myself. Although the meme says "war," I’m sure they are including military actions as well. After all, the Vietnam War was technically a "conflict."
To my shock, and dismay, by my count, the US has not been at “war” only 14 years………
The discrepancy may be simply due to the math. For example, let’s say War A ended in 1900 and War B began in 1902. The logical thing to do would be to subtract one from the other thus ending with two years of no wartime. But if you look at it another way, the amount of peacetime is less. If War A ended at the each of 1900 and War B began in early 1902, then, actually, you’re only looking at just over a year of peacetime. And that’s the way I came to my 14 hours. Therefore, the 17 years is completely feasible.
Now I really feel like the schoolyard bully of the world.
Mint Press News’ comment was, "It’s called building an empire, not fighting for freedom." I have to agree with that.
Here are a few other comments made by FB peeps about this post:
"It’s called not sitting around letting others shit on us. If you don’t like it then leave."
"The Roman empire fell, so will America…"
"The human world has been at war every single day since before any recorded history began, fabricated by alleged winners. The only “winners” of all these wars were and are ancient royal and aristocratic families who lend credit (debt-money) and sell weaponry to all sides; their bankers; attorneys, and accountants. Let that sink in ………"
"All you people talk all this crap about how America is a bully. well hell how about our military sit our ass down and wait to see how long it will be before you all start begging us to stand up for you ungrateful fucks!"
"YA building an empire in which you’re all free to post you complaining about working 5 days a weeks and it’s freezing cold outside your home.. Meanwhile look around the world where hundreds of millions of women can’t show more than their eyes in public.. Billions can only have one child.. Billions starve daily and don’t have access to clean water.. Looks like to me an empire of complainers who are spoiled rotten full of freedoms.."
"I am an American Airman, if you think you have it so bad in the States, come live in this place I am in right now called Khamis Mushayt, Saudi Arabia!! You are gona loooove it here!! P.s. You’re welcome for the freedom of uploading memes and saying whatever ignorant rant, threat, or insult you want on the Internet. Here in Saudi, if someone accuses you of speaking in such manner you can get your head chopped off in a public plaza. Google it, not making that up!"
The next comment was news to me. Here is some more information about this "Civil Peace Flag."
To follow up, here is another site that claims this is an urban legend — which I’m inclined to believe.
Whatever the number actually is, face it, it is not near enough years of peacetime.
I used Wikipedia’s "Timeline of United States military operations" as my reference.