As we have seen so many times, most recently with President Biden’s attack on Iranian-backed militias in Northern Syria, a change in American leadership doesn’t necessarily mean a change in American foreign policy: perpetual war.

20 years after the War on Terror began, we have accepted that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan only represent the start of a much larger strategy. To make our continued action even more alarming, think about the near-complete lack of support our military actions receive from the general public.

Worse than that, our last two chief executives held the public’s opinion before office.

Dipping his toe in the water of politics back in 2013, Donald Trump produced a volume of tweets outlining his opposition and disgust over then-President Obama’s bombing of Syrian government forces. 4 years later, the roles would be reversed, with Trump dropping bombs and Joe Biden accusing the administration of going against the Constitution.

To show the scope of our current war theater, the US conducted counter-terrorism operations in 85 countries from 2018-2020. As illustrated in this graphic below,

When we pair this chart with our knowledge of history, what we see is an ongoing conquest. While president after president has failed our current public’s call to get out of the Middle East, what we see is that America never leaves any country – and our spread of power is only expanding.

What do you say of a culture that simultaneously seeks equal representation of genders in all high-paying jobs and the indiscriminate bombing of innocent women and children in 7 countries? When we hear that infrastructure costs are too high and hospital supplies too low, think of the Republicans and Democrats who have told us that our safety and freedom depend on the virus-like spread we see in the info-graphic.