By Bill Quigley

Memorial Day is, by federal law, a day of prayer for permanent peace. But is it possible to honestly pray for peace while our country is far and away number one in the world in waging war, military presence, military spending and the sale of weapons around the world?

Permanent War

Since 1980 the U.S. has engaged in aggressive military action in 14 countries in the Islamic world alone, according to research published in the Washington Post:

Iran (1980, 1987-1988)
Libya (1981, 1986, 1989, 2011)
Lebanon (1983), Kuwait (1991)
Iraq (1991-2011, 2014-present)
Somalia(1992-1993, 2007-present)
Saudi Arabia(1991, 1996)
Afghanistan (1998, 2001-present)
Sudan (1998), Kosovo (1999)
Yemen (2000, 2002-prsent)
Pakistan (2004-present)
and now Syria

In this hemisphere, U.S. military forces invaded Grenada (1983) and Panama (1989) and landed 20,000 military forces in Haiti (1994).

U.S. Global War Machine

The U.S. has 1.3…

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