Before I discuss U.S. foreign policy, I think it is important to define “war”. In practice, “war” is a conflict between to nation-states for profit, belief, or power. In post-war eras, the hostile country and their individuals will be forced to live under new laws and regulations, as enforced by the occupying nation-state. This does not necessarily mean the occupied nation is better off, but rather the product and resources are now subject to the occupying nation-state’s will. I think we should have a real conversation about whether or not that justifies war. Do we really know what is best for them, and can we accomplish that with an entity pursuant to its own interests? I don’t think so.