09/12/2014 09:09 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Rachel Maddow Wonders If We're Going To Be In Perpetual War, Forever

Rachel Maddow put up this chart on her Thursday show. It showed, she said, all the countries where the United States is either currently or about to be engaged in an indefinite military campaign.


After showing the chart, Maddow asked the following series of questions about President Obama's new campaign against ISIS:

Does the threat posed by this group rise to the level where it warrants this escalation of effort? Do we really want this to be the new normal of the way we interact with the world? Do we want to be doing this all over the world, forever, indefinitely, in counterterrorism campaigns that go on indefinitely and that we don't call war, just adding new countries to the list of where we do this stuff, every year, year after year...when does it ever stop?