That disorienting feeling that we can’t tell what’s real and what’s fake is the new “fog of war”.
It’s that feeling that we don’t know who to believe, or what to trust, and I suspect the loss of our sense of ‘center’ (as @approxinfinity put it) is also a byproduct.
It used to be that only soldiers were subjected to this, but we’re all on the front-lines to some degree in this type of war.
What the enemy(s) of the US has/have learned is:
Don’t engage the US in land, air or water because the US is prepared for battles there.
1b. Engage on a more level playing field, such as the internet which provides numerous fronts. Two that are being exploited: economics and rhetoric. So, there are attacks on the markets, tariff wars and manipulation through social media. As far as we know, the moon is not a likely battleground, but all the stuff in earth’s orbit is.
Use America’s freedoms against them. Create disruptions that create an environment where Americans are willing to give up freedoms and don’t see it for what it is – slow erosion. In the shadow of 9/11, we capitulated numerous freedoms in the name of security. New limits have been imposed on the right to assembly in the wake of protests that degenerated into riots with hate speech. Voters recalled a judge because a group was outraged that a sentence was too lenient, thus subverting other mechanisms already in place to ensure the integrity of jurisprudence. Presidents have been exercising executive orders that undermine the legislative powers and process. Etc. My point is, the constitution, our bill of rights, the branches of our government and the social moires that have provided the foundation of this country are being eroded, often by our own hand, willingly. Lots of unintended consequences, lots of collateral damage in reaction to isolated events.
Hide your tracks. The days of groups claiming responsibility for this or that is over. Boasting attracts heat. The new enemy prefers to operate more or less guerrilla-style in the shadows. The victim may not even realize they were cut until they are significantly impaired, let alone who cut them.