Why the big whoop about war ? Lots of people I talk to say “What wars ?”
Central to matters related to these ‘wars’ is that they have not been declared by Congress and the strong feeling that they should not be run by a President who can do unchecked what he feels is needed. Wars require specific authority and funding by Congress. The discussion of those factors in Congress is a restraint on foreign adventures and is the way to resolve arguments as to whether the war in question is necessary or being waged for other reasons (eg. to obtain resources such as oil or rare earth substances). In those discussions we determine if the actions are making us safer and whether or not we can afford them. We are spending immense amounts in Afghanistan and producing more enemies than progress while piling up the debt and not taxing those making profits off the wars enough to pay for them.
As James Madison advised, “No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare…the separation of the power of declaring war from that of conducting it is wisely contrived to exclude the danger of its being declared for the sake of its being conducted.”