A decade and a half ago, in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, President George W. Bush’s administration conjured up not only terrifying images of nuclear mushroom clouds but also of Saddam Hussein plotting with Osama bin Laden to attack the United States.
For many decades, the U.S. has consistently used military power as its preferred means for resolving geopolitical challenges; either directly, through the use of military force, or indirectly, using pressure, proxies, and arms sales.