Syria is a deep state wet dream. Given what I have seen with the transition of political power while we attempt to fight wars, is that war is a pointless and expensive exercise. As the whims of the American people shift, all the investment of a previous admin can be completely invalidated, or at least partially invalidated.
So why do it? We have a large enough landmass to accomplish anything we need. As AI spins up we won’t need 3rd world manufacturing capacity, we will have infinite capacity here, and we surely win the resource race, if we carefully manage them, using the market, not government.
We should sell Israel any weapon they desire, and get our soldiers back home.
I really believe the quagmires we are in prove the founding father’s assertions that a standing army is a total disaster. The military is abused at every turn by the current politcal winds, we are stuck in gobs of treaties that we would never be able to call in marks on if we needed their support. And really what that boils too, is foreign entanglements. We should trade, and only trade, with the world. Outside of that narrow interaction, we should isolate. Or we will continue to be further broke at light speed, entangled in all sorts of things we have no interest in as a people, and spending money we don’t have.
Right now I am not convinced anything in the news is true. Even here in FReepland. All I see is endless projection of power, and nothing gained for USA. Some will say, “more stable world”, but no, the world is getting worse. Wait to we lay Syria to waste, the world will go nuts.
So no, we should isolate, and let the world taste our AI powered manufacturing might. Let them deal with their own problems, we don’t need them.
And yes, I think we should sell every weapon to every country. Just make sure we can defend ourselves from them (we keep the top end stuff for ourselves).
But alas, this is a pipe dream of mine, instead, I see my stepson and now daughter probably fighting stupid wars that gain my country absolutely nothing, except bragging rights about how many Americans died, and how heart broke our people were after. Yes, our soldiers will fight and die honorably, but that in and of itself is not a honorable REASON to die.
Now someone will ask what about WW2? Yes, it played to our advantage. It put our electronics industry into high gear, weapons development to the forefront, and gave us space technology. But my guess is that info tech would have done the same thing with or without a war. Once you have info tech, you can build any weapon you want.
But what external advantage did it give us? Lots of nations that we have to defend, that we probably don’t like. Islamic terrorism, which randomly kills loved ones, luckily in small numbers, but that is the point. Where is my advantage other than 69$ tablets at Walmart? We are on the cusp of doing the same thing without a single human in the production chain, which will obsolete third world labor.
So again, what does wiping Syria off the face of the earth accomplish?
Guard our borders, screw the world. If my son and/or daughter die defending this nation’s true borders (not our projected borders), I will feel better than if they die in the M.E. for no comprehensible advantage.
We just train the hell out of our soldiers and make sure they can stop the stuff that comes in our borders meant to harm us. To repel invasions, to protect American people. Somewhere along the line, corporate interest became the interests of the United States of America, and it currently leading us to ruin.
But its all a pipe dream, we will continue to folow the path we are on to dissolution. I would guess either the deep state is aware of this and don’t care, or just too stupid to realize it.
Final note: again, I am not besmmirching the honor of our soldiers. I am besmirching the honor of the morons that make our soldiers do stuff that has nothing to do with protecting the American people, but instead projecting power, which is essentially a penis length demo contest among nations.
And if Trump fits into the moron category, so be it. I know Hillary was already there. Not like I can do a damned thing about it anyway. This place will be my home until they take our right to bear arms, then see-ya, wouldn’t want to be-ya, as then the distinct disadvantages of having to have my children die at the whims of morons will greatly outweigh any other good left.