Why is the department of defense called that? Shouldn't it be the war department?

After all, we used to call it just that..the war department in more honnest times. Does this have anything to do with why we have fought so many wars since world war 2 that were not officially "wars". Like Iraq is not really a war...it was never declared a war by congress. Does calling our military the... show more After all, we used to call it just that..the war department in more honnest times. Does this have anything to do with why we have fought so many wars since world war 2 that were not officially "wars". Like Iraq is not really a war...it was never declared a war by congress. Does calling our military the "defense" department make it more pallatable that they are not used for actual declared "Wars"..while given the delusion that military aggression that these military actions are for the "defense" of the USA?

Before you start with the name calling, this is a legitimate question..think about it. We used to call it the war department..then 3 things changed. 1) we changed the name to "Defense" and 2) then we started having more "Wars"...but only 3) we stopped declaring wars "wars". So go ahead, hurl an insult, but at least to be intellectually honnest.....answer the question.
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