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America is reaching our limit on Middle East limited war engagements

Written By | Dec 26, 2018
Middle East, War, Pakistan, Syria, Afghanistan, Stephen Nemo

WASHINGTON. It seems President Donald Trump is listening to the wise words of George Washington. The first President who famously warned those following in his footsteps to avoid “mischiefs of foreign intrigue.”  Furthermore “to guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”

Middle East, War, Pakistan, Syria, Afghanistan, Stephen Nemo

President Trump and former Defense Secretary James Mattis. NBC News screen capture.

A chain of endless war

This did not sit well with Defense Secretary and former US Marine Gen. Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis. He, along with US anti-ISIS coalition envoy Brett McGurk, did resign. The conflict between the men being President Donald Trump’s refusal to see American fighting men sucked into the meaningless quagmire that is Syria. The President ordering the withdrawal of 2,000 US military men from the region.

Middle East, War, Pakistan, Syria, Afghanistan, Stephen Nemo

US troops in Afghanistan.

Will Americans ever ask their government when it intends to stop sacrificing the lives of their sons in the Middle East? The conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq have raged since 2001 and 2003 respectively.

What has been the result?

Iraqis used the democratic process George W. Bush bequeathed them to elect a government sympathetic to the hegemonic goals of Iran’s ruling mullahs. The same ruling mullahs that supplied the ordinance used to build Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) that killed and wounded so many Americans for nearly two decades.

And our Pakistani “allies” in the war on terror has benefited from $33 billion in aid from the US. Paid because their airspace is required for our military to fly men and material into landlocked Afghanistan.  It was also a safe haven for Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who hid in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad, just up the street from that country’s equivalent to America’s West Point military academy.

It stretches credulity to believe for an instant that Pakistan did not know bin Laden was there.

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Bin Laden compound in Pakistan. CNN screen capture.

The basis of both the Afghan and Iraqi constitutions are based on Sharia law. Sharia law documents whose creation was overseen by the same US foreign policy establishment that now condemns Trump.

Constitutions that reject the “self-evident truth” that “all men are created equal.”

Wars for democracy

It was the idiotic notion of George W. Bush and his advisors that Iraq and Afghanistan would willingly receive the Judeo-Christian-inspired philosophy of liberty handed down to our Founders from the Age of Enlightenment.

It’s clear their ivy league professors never gave them an education on the philosophical underpinnings of our republic. Nonetheless, despite the thousands of US lives lost on their behalf, our Islamic “allies” hate us as fervently as they do Israel.

A policy of no-win wars

For nearly seven decades, it has been the bipartisan policy of the US to fight limited wars. This policy allowed North Korea to remain intact.

Today, its mad dictator is in possession of nuclear weapons. Weapons which he nonchalantly says he’ll use to incinerate our citizens. Remember all of Vietnam remains a communist backwater despite the deaths of 50,000 Americans.

War without aim

America is at a crossroads in its foreign policy. For nearly twenty years the United States has been fighting two no-win wars with little to show for it. And a few years ago, our NATO allies dragged us into a wrongheaded conflict in Libya. One that emboldened Al Qaeda and triggered a massive humanitarian migrant crisis. A crisis that threatens to transform the face of Europe in catastrophic ways.

Syria’s chief export, like much of the Middle East, is not oil but insane, radical, Islamic fanaticism. However, limited wars will not stem its reach nor stamp it out.

History’s bleak lesson

Middle East, War, Pakistan, Syria, Afghanistan, Stephen Nemo

Fat Man atomic weapon dropped on Nagasaki. Photo: US Department of Defense.

When faced with an equally intractable enemy almost eighty years ago, it was the dropping of two atomic bombs that broke their fanatical will to fight to the last man, woman, and child.

I suspect, in the not too distant future, the so-called “nuclear option” will rise from its place as a political metaphor to become an instrument to terrorize terror.


Top Images: Portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart.
Gen. James Mattis. Photo: US Department of Defense.

Steven M. Lopez

Originally from Los Angeles, Steven M. Lopez has been in the news business for more than thirty years. He made his way around the country: Arizona, the Bay Area and now resides in South Florida.