A list compiled by the U.S. Congressional Research Service of American military conflicts finds hundreds of cases but only 11 in which war was formally declared. Undeclared wars include “the Korean War of 1950-1953; the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1973; the Persian Gulf War of 1991; global actions against foreign terrorists after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States; and the war with Iraq in 2003.”
Conflicts are listed chronologically. “The list does not include covert actions or numerous occurrences in which U.S. forces have been stationed abroad since World War II in occupation forces or for participation in mutual security organizations, base agreements, or routine military assistance or training operations.” The 35-page study also notes, “For most of the instances listed, however, the status of the action under domestic or international law has not been addressed.”
The study excludes the extensive domestic use of armed forces within the USA to defend monopoly right against the struggles of the American people, against the African American people, and the wars of extermination of the Indigenous people.
According to lists compiled by William Blum, since the end of World War 2, the United States has:
- Attempted to overthrow more than 50 foreign governments, most of which were democratically-elected;
- Dropped bombs on the people of more than 30 countries;
- Attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders;
- Attempted to suppress a populist or nationalist movement in 20 countries; and
- Grossly interfered in democratic elections in at least 30 countries.
In fact, it is hard to find a single year since the founding of the United States that it was not at war.