During a speech at the United Nations on Sept. 21, President Joe Biden referenced the end of the Afghanistan War, claiming that the United States had finally returned to a peace footing after 20-years of armed conflict.
“I stand here today, for the first time in 20 years, with the United States not at war,” he said. “We’ve turned the page.”
The reality is more complicated than that. The withdrawal of the last U.S. troops from Afghanistan on Aug. 30 brought an end to the longest war in American history. But the end of the Afghanistan War is not the same thing as the end of what George W. Bush called “the global war on terror.” According to foreign policy experts, the broad legal and military infrastructure developed in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks remains in place and is still being used to send U.S. forces into combat in other locations.
So while it’s technically true that the U.S. is no longer in…