Which was America’s longest war? President Obama claims that the war in Afghanistan is America’s longest. But is that true?
First, let me say that “wars” no longer start with a formal “declaration of war” nor end with a formal signing of surrender documents or “peace accords”. So part of the answer depends upon how we define “war”.
Surely the U.S. was “involved” in Afghanistan shortly after the Soviet invasion of 1979; at least covertly. Thus, U.S. operatives have been involved in Afghan conflicts for 35 years. Yet we were not in a publicly-acknowledged shooting war with the Afghan Taliban until October 2001 when we politely asked them to turn over Osama bin Laden and they refused. That would make the Afghan War only 13-years-long. Read More