515 Loupe 1-16-2019

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Fighting other people’s civil wars is not the mission of the U.S. armed forces

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The longer the Trump administration delays the previously announced withdrawal, the more troops we’re likely to needlessly sacrifice.

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It is time to expedite the president’s order and withdraw all our troops from Syria before any more troops are killed

FILE PHOTO: U.S. forces are seen at the Kurdish People's Protection Units headquarters after it was hit by Turkish airstrikes in Mount Karachok near Malikiya

Trump’s troop withdrawal announcement is an overdue attempt to extricate the United States from a beckoning Middle East morass, Washington was both foolish and arrogant to meddle in Syria’s civil strife in the first place.

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A prompt exit is highly advisable, and Trump deserves credit, not condemnation, for that decision

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More important, though, U.S. political and opinion leaders need to reject the siren call for any new regime change wars.

The interventions in Iraq, Libya and Syria may have been well-intended (although there is certainly room for doubt on that score), but policies must be judged on the basis of outcomes, not intentions.

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And the results have ranged from extremely disappointing to calamitous.

  • The naïve assumption of interventionists that U.S.-orchestrated forcible regime change would usher in new, democratic political systems was evident in Iraq, Libya and Syria. Washington’s support for Iraqi dissident Ahmed Chalabi and his Iraqi National Congress suggested that U.S. objectives went beyond countering the threat of Saddam Hussein’s phantom weapons of mass destruction.

 

  • Barack Obama’s administration decided to help Libyan insurgents overthrow Muammar el-Qaddafi. Once again, the United States led an effort to eliminate the longtime secular dictator of a fragile, artificial country, based on little more than a pious hope that the aftermath would be more stable and democratic.

 

  • Post–Qaddafi Libya became a cauldron of bloody chaos among rival (often Islamist) militias and competing governments. Instead of being a regime change, democratic success story, Libya today is Somalia on the Mediterranean .

President Trump would do well to adhere to the wise policies that would extricate U.S. forces from quagmires in the Middle East.

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U.S. forces should be repurposed to policing the American border, which is the central national security emergency of the day and a core tenet of their constitutional mandate

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