THE ESTABLISHMENT IS IN FULL PANIC MODE AS THE PRESIDENT SIDES WITH THE PEOPLE ON BRINGING TROOPS HOME
President Trump announced he will be bringing troops home from Syria and I have only one thing to say about it:
In addition to our involvement in Syria having zero congressional authority and thus being illegal, we never had any business being involved in that country’s affairs in the first place.
It all began in in 2012, President Obama now famously warned Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad that any use of chemical weapons would constitute the metaphorical crossing of a “red line” and would be met with military action.
It soon became clear that Obama’s “red-line” proclamation was a huge mistake.
Not the fact that he did not follow through on the “red line” promise, but that he issued the “red line” warning in the first place.
That left him with two options when Syria crossed that line: commit an act of violence that in all likelihood would inflame Syria, Russia, and Iran at the same time while making things worse overall, or look like a weak leader whose threats nobody takes seriously.
For frame of reference here, I used to know a guy who ran a sportsbook, and he would tell me all the time about customers who had “gotten over” on him. If you are unfamiliar with what that means, he was basically referring to people who had made bets with him, lost, and then refused to pay.
It was at that point he would have two choices: respond with violence to send a message and try to collect, or eat the loss and just refuse to do business with the person ever again.
He told me he always chose the latter.
“Because it isn’t worth it. It would be frustrating, and hurting the guy would feel like the right thing to do, but far too many things were likely to go wrong and make matters worse for me in the long run.”
In this case, he meant jail or some sort of violent retaliation.
In the case of Syria, it would mean thousands more dead and a country that could end up even worse off than it was in the first place.
As I have said previously, Assad is horrible, and I feel terribly for his victims, so I understand the impulse to intervene.
But realistically speaking, what was the end game supposed to be here?
In addition to Syria obviously being upset with our involvement, so were Russia and Iran, who are strategic allies of Assad.
Did we want an armed conflict with all three of them?
People have been hurt and even killed due to our actions in both arming some of the Syrian rebel groups and dropping drone bombs.
Was doing this supposed to bring back the people Assad allegedly gassed, or was it just going to inspire more blowback against military forces we have serving in the region?
Even if we tossed Assad out, we know some of the rebels have ties to very dangerous groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda.
If Assad was pushed out, there would be a pretty good chance one of those factions would wind up in power.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there is no good answer to this problem, but the best one is to have the International Criminal Court handle Assad.
It may not be as satisfying as dropping bombs, but it is also nowhere near as likely to cause a veritable cornucopia of new problems in the region on top of the ones we already face.
President Obama made a terrible mistake when he made his famous “red line” declaration.
President Trump vowed to stop compounding that mistake and end our involvement in Syria if he won the Presidential election.
Now, two years after he won, it appears the president is finally ready to make good on that promise.
One of the biggest fears I had of a potential Hillary Clinton presidency was her history of pushing the United States into violent conflicts and regime change expeditions.
She made it quite clear in the past that she wanted the U.S. much more heavily involved in the Syria conflict, outright advocating the overthrow of Assad and a show of force against Russia by shooting down the planes they have flying over Syrian airspace.
Those positions should be an automatic disqualifying for anybody running for high office.
Because if Iraq and Afghanistan are any indication, once we get in, we may never get out.
The whole process becomes like trying to empty the ocean with a teaspoon: it never ends.
And many more lives will be lost in the process.
Let’s face it: By now, we now exactly how these scenarios play out…….
We were told the Middle East would be a better, more stable place if the United States deposed Saddam Hussein.
We were told the same thing in Afghanistan.
It was wrong.
The overthrow of Qadaffi in Libya was sold in the exact same manner.
Another unmitigated disaster which threw the entire nation into a dangerous, chaotic tailspin and led to countless unnecessary deaths.
The question became, at what point do we stop listening to the people insisting we must do these things?
What more did we need to see before we realized that just overthrowing one dictator to give way to chaos is simply not an acceptable strategy?
Say what you will about President Trump, but this is part of why he won: because instead of parroting the company line repeated ad nauseum by Hillary Clinton and virtually every Republican primary candidate (with the notable exception of Rand Paul and to a much lesser extent Ted Cruz), he chided these so-called intellectual geniuses for their pattern of repeatedly getting things like this — something that can and has gotten millions of people needlessly killed — completely wrong, and then paying no price for their repeated failure.
But this really isn’t about the president.
This is about the way forward on foreign policy and if we, as a nation, are ever going to learn our lesson when it comes to these issues.
Bashar Al Assad is terrible.
I am in no way saying otherwise.
But I’m dying for somebody to tell me how he is (a) a threat to the United States and (b) any different from Saddam Hussein in that the cure is likely worse than the disease.
And it also strikes me that maybe if we want fewer messes that we both create and then end up making worse by trying to “clean them up,” it might behoove us to stop unnecessarily agitating conflicts and unnecessarily starting wars with foolish delusions of grandeur and fantasies of the world in the United States’ image.
In other words, it is long past time to stop listening to the consistently wrongheaded advice of the political class and military industrial complex that has led us down this path time and time again, always resulting in nothing but wasted money and destroyed lives.
Thankfully, President Trump has done exactly that and decided that the fools who keep getting us into these quagmires can have a seat and shut their mouths.
He is ignoring the establishment’s blood thirsty fear-mongering and telling the troops in Syria that they will no longer be used as pawns in a dangerous game that can never be won.
God bless him for it.
It’s about damn time.