You might want to listen to this excellent radio piece (23 min.) on this subject. Interview with reporter Gareth Porter. Highlights:
- "Obama is LBJ all over again." He was handed a war by the national security state, and his advisers hamstring him into signing on to the ongoing war.
- There's no rational explanation for this decision. This is just what the national security state does.
- "Too much power makes you stupid." -- Applies directly to the U.S. military, the most powerful institution in American society.
- U.S. Army doctrine: "This is the era of persistent warfare." U.S. will be fighting these kinds of wars for the "foreseeable future."