Matthew Petti is a 2022-2023 Fulbright researcher based in Amman, Jordan, and a nonresident fellow at the Kurdish Peace Institute. His reporting on international affairs has appeared in The Intercept, Middle East Eye, Responsible Statecraft, Reason Magazine, and Asia Times. The views expressed here do not represent the views of the Fulbright Program, the U.S. Department of State, or any of its partner organizations.
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The war machine has learned to be more sustainable over time, to eliminate all alternatives to itself, to transform the monsters it creates into a justification for its own existence, to hide the costs of violence from the public and even itself.