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Syria and Our Foreign Policy Muddle
Frontpage Mag, by Bruce Thornton

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Posted By:Hazymac, 1/3/2019 9:11:24 AM

Donald Trump’s decision to pull ground troops out of Syria, followed hard by Defense Secretary Mattis’ resignation effective January 1, has sparked the usual complaints about the unpredictable, shoot-from-the-hip president. And as usual, the most important issue underlying the debate over his decision is ignored––our failure to settle on a coherent, long-term foreign policy strategy. Apart from the by now reflexive NeverTrump harrumphing, more sober commentators have made serious arguments both for staying and for leaving. The most compelling of the former are the risks of ceding more regional influence to Russia and Iran. Both of these rivals are

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: strike3, 1/3/2019 10:18:22 AM     (No. 11880742)

A well written piece that defines accurately the mess known as the Middle East. One pipe dream touted is the illusion of a long term strategy because these people are too unpredictable and are guided by emotion and a religion that forces their submission to barbarism, hatred of all other religions and mysoginy. Who could predict that Iraq would have spawned ISIS or that the most powerful military in the world would subject itself to ROE that tied both legs and one arm for minimum efficiency in combat? We learned the basics of fighting islamists in Iraq and ignored them elsewhere.

Our policy should have always been to let them fight it out amongst themselves. We might be capable of creating a little peace here and there but it will be temporary, won´t change anything and is certainly not worth the price of American lives. We are insulated from all of it by oceans and the europeans are more concerned with CO2 than with national defense. They despise us but demand financial aid and protection. Russia may be friendly with Iran now but the prospect of them allowing the mullahs to have independently controlled long-range nukes in Russia´s back yard is preposterous.

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