I've hesitated to wade into this arena. I am, by no means, a foreign policy expert, but I am a student of history. Here goes...
Israel is the only country in the Middle East that I really care about(being blunt). There are certain minority populations in other countries, namely the Kurds in Northern Iraq, who need our concern and efforts to protect them. After more study though, I am coming to the point of saying we need to contain the spread of Islam to the west and actively work to evangelize the Middle East. As we know from history, politics follows culture. Without breaking the culture of Islamism, the Middle East will never advance any further. They will remain tied to their seventh century ideologies.
Ask anyone who knows me and they'll tell you that I'm a fervent follower of Jesus and I would be willing to die for my faith. I'm fine with people being fervent in what they believe. Their fervency crosses a line when it involves killing those who don't share their beliefs. I don't see any Baptists or Amish people killing in the name of God. I do see Muslims killing in the name of
Where Muslims are engaged in fighting other Muslims, I see no need for us to intervene. If they strike out at the US or any of our close allies, I believe we must stop using "surgical strikes" and "sending messages" and we should start leveling cities and whole countries. Wars must be entered into to be won. I am somewhat conflicted with the idea of killing civilians, but the Muslim world only respects strength. The 59 poorly placed Tomahawk cruise missiles aren't strength. The strike was a poor attempt at sabre rattling. The Islamic world needs to see whole cities leveled in order to respect the power we have they are laughing at the West and the US right now.
Regime change in the Middle East is a fool's errand, a folly. Deposing Saddam may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but the result has been horrible. The same goes in Libya. As much as I want to see Syria's head of state assume room temperature, the result would be a huge vacuum of power. That void would be filled by one of two things. Either Iran and Russia would rush in and replace Assad with a similar leader or ISIS takes Syria and gains in power. Neither situation advances our interests, so, short of turning Syria into a glass parking lot, I see no reason to involve US assets in the region. Call me cold hearted, but when all results are bad, choosing to not get involved is prudent.
I am more convinced that a large scale war is not out of the question in the next 15 years. China, Russia and their North Korean red headed step child are all making noises. Iran wants to be the dominant Islamic power in the world and the forces of ISIS/al Qaeda/Wahhabism(all radical Sunni Muslim groups) want to do the same. With all of this, I don't see how a large scale hot war can be avoided forever. Something will cause these festering conflicts to go kinetic. I think the US would be well served to mind our own house and build our military up. The one area of the federal government I agree with is the military and its job to protect American interests.
I believe we broke the Soviet Union with our military strength and ability to out equip that backwards groups of commies. We must be willing to do the same to the ChiComs, Putin's Russia, the NorKs, Iran and ISIS, all while shrinking government here at home. Our military spending, while huge in comparison to most other nations, is a now small portion of the federal budget. If a real shooting war starts, we must no longer think about collateral damage and precision strikes. The time to return to strategic bombing and mass attacks to assure victory is at hand. War is terrible. We must want to shorten its duration and achieve total victory. World War 2 has to be the template. Achieve victory by completely breaking the will of your enemy to engage in battle and destroy the enemy's ability to make war by any and all means necessary.
I war does come, the only good to come from that war would be the ability of Christian missionaries to go into the conquered areas and help rebuild and win souls for Christ so that the conquered nation could then be placed on the right path.
Political correctness and identity politics have no place in the business of war.
This is just a short take. As I continue to research this issue, I'll wade into the deep end of this cesspool.
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