Published: Wednesday, July 17 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
So does thinking we are the worlds policeman have consequences. It has
practically bankrupted us.
I've always wondered what really would happen with other European and Asian
countries if the U.S. took a break from involving itself in Mid-East problems.
After all, a nuclear Iran is much more dangerous to that region than it is to
our side of the Atlantic. Would countries like England, France, Germany,
Russia, China, ect. just sit by? Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe those countries have
just been letting the U.S. spend its blood and money to stabilize the region.
Maybe it's time for those countries to take the lead. After all, in much
of the Muslim world, we, the U.S. are the "Great Satan". How can we
expect those folks to want to work with the Devil? Maybe our involvement
creates as many problems as it is supposed to solve. Just a thought.
Re: "I've always wondered what really would happen with other European
and Asian countries if the U.S. took a break . . . ."No need to
wonder. Just look around.The US IS taking a break on Mid-east
issues. The Obama regime is openly hostile to Israel, friendly to her enemies.
It inexplicably treats tin-pot dictators as if they were reasonable, decent
leaders, representing reasonable, decent people, who are capable of responding
reasonably to decent proposals for a reasonable, decent peace.It
can't work. It won't work. Never has. Everyone knows that.The only chance for Mid-east peace is to punish threats to it.The
regime has chosen, instead, to reward those threats.The result --
war -- is entirely predictable.
So why are we in charge of the worlds security? We can't feed our people.
We can't provide healthcare to people, or even a mechanism for them to get
it themselves. Our roads are crumbling, we are behind in the quality of internet
service we receive. China is pirating our best ideas because we don't have
the network security to prevent them from stealing corporate secrets. We
don't have the $$$ to pay trillions a year to stop wars across the globe.
Let's fix America before we save the rest of the world.
Re: "Let's fix America before we save the rest of the world."But, since liberal politics depends on America being broke, we'll
never be able to save the rest of the world.Liberals -- for purely
selfish, political reasons -- are suggesting we wait for another Pearl Harbor
before we get involved in influencing an obvious evil that is only enabled,
encouraged, and strengthened by our neglect.You know, we've
tried it before. It doesn't work.Rather, it gets millions
killed, millions more maimed, orphaned, and displaced. And liberals claim to
care about and be looking out for the little guy?Hmmmmm.
Active engagement in the middle east has consequences, too. Time and again
we've proven that stability and peace aren't among them. Rather than
chasing our ideals and trillions of dollars down a sinkhole again, let's
think about this for a while. If we want to get rid of dude in Syria, it can be
done just like in Libya. Will that make things better? Smarter people than I
must have some idea. But for pete's sake let's not just go in guns a
blazin', or sucking up to israel. This mess is way to complex to armchair
@procuradorfiscalEverything's so black and white with
conservatives... Like, what do you suggest we do with Syria? One side has Assad,
the other has Al-Qaida affiliated Al-Nusra. Pick your poison.
"But little positive actually gets done in the region without active U.S.
leadership". OK Mr.Gerson give me an example of what you are talking about.
There are no examples. For decades America has tried to influence a peace
resolution between Israel and Palestine...hasn't happened. We tried to
change the hearts and minds of Iraqis with a trillion dollar war....that
hasn't happened. We tried to improve relationships and influence Iran
because of a nuclear threat....hasnt happened. So with some innocent
"neo-con" rhetoric we again convince ourselves of our immense influence
and a tendency to justify doing anything we want to do. Thankfully most
Americans are tired of us being a problem solver in the Middle East.
There's little evidence that US engagement in the Middle East has done
anything to win friends and influence people. Instead it's made us even
hated in most of the region, alienated us from many of our allies, diminished
our credibility as a world leader, added hundreds of billions of dollars in
debt, and killed thousands of our finest young people.Perhaps we
should try doing nothing for a change of pace.
Re: "Like, what do you suggest we do with Syria?"Pretty much
anything would be better than what we are doing.Suggesting there are
only two sides in Syria is, of course, the losing position from which liberals
start. There are WAY more than two sides, several of which hold worldviews
compatible with ours.The Obama regime, by electing to sit this one
out, not only assures it will be won by one or another of the bad guys, also
forfeits a golden opportunity to use American influence to degrade Iran's
meddling in the area, disarm and disband Hezbollah, free Lebanon, demilitarize
the Golan, and increase overall security in the region, and of our only real
friend there, Israel.Whenever he does get around to acting, it will
amount to a too-little, too-late backing of the wrong horse.And
that, in a nutshell, describes Obama's tired, failed presidency.
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