Published: May 3, 2013

On May 1st, 2003, President George W. Bush stood on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln and declared an end to major US combat operations in Iraq. Yet the war would drag on for almost a decade after “Mission Accomplished,” with the majority of casualties occurring after that famous pronouncement.

But have America’s other wars had neat or definitive endings?  In this episode, BackStory casts its gaze over prominent conflicts of the last three centuries, and explores what it takes to end a war — both in legal terms, and in the popular imagination.

From military and diplomatic maneuvers, to courtroom battles and ongoing cultural conflict, the Guys and their guests explore whether wars ever really end.