Withdraw from Syria

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President Trump announced this week his intention of pulling all US troops out of war torn Syria. This action has both good and bad reactions at home and abroad. I personally think this is a good move.

I never supported US Military involvement in Syria. President Obama has the US get involved in Syria’s civil war during the so-called Arab Spring movement. However our troops did not have a clear mission, objective, or goal. Nor was it clear on who the enemy was in this conflict.

Like most Arab Spring uprisings, militant hardline Leftist Islamic Fascists attempt to topple the government. In may cases this is a similar Leftist ruling totalitarian regime. But also it is generally mostly a secular government. And the Islamic fascists are deep fanatics of Shaira Law and the false religion of Islam.

Our involvement in Syria needed a review. President Trump promised one during his campaign in 2016. Under the Obama Administration US forces were assisting various rebel factions that we could not fully vet their ideology. We also were dangerously close to an open conflict with the Russian Federation who was also involved in the conflict with a clear goal of defending the al-Assad regime from any rebel forces. This placed the United States as a potential enemy in this conflict.

This was a very bad judgement call by then President Obama as it could have led to a new cold war or even a direct war with the Russian Federation. Also these Arab Spring militant Islamic Leftists are not friendly to the United State or to our only true ally in the Middle East, the state of Israel.

We are far better off with the devil we know in al-Assad in control of Syria than we are with another Islamic militant fascist state destabilizing the region. And Israel certainly doesn’t want another Arab stat with the goal of wiping Israel off the map right on her doorstep.

So as various pundits and talking heads on all sides condemn and condone the President for this action. And some will state the wrong reasons such as wanting to spread democracy or that the Russian Federation is our enemy and that the President is taking his orders from Putin and other such nonsense. I condone the action. We should have never entered the conflict in the first place.

The troops can come home and get a well deserved rest before being deployed elsewhere, such as the border. Maybe now we can consider a new deal with Israel. We should have a strong presence in the Middle East. Lets open a few bases in Israel where the mission is to defend our ally against Islamic terrorists and aggression. That is a mission I can support.

The Whines of War

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Earlier this week, President Donald Trump dropped a MOAB bomb on ISIS tunnels in Syria. And, as expected, the Left acted like you offered them bacon when they asked for free range tofu burgers with free trade soybean sprouts. If you haven’t tried the latter, let’s just say you’re not missing much unless your diet is blander than an Al Gore audiobook.

The Left has its collectivist feathers all aruffle over Trump’s use of the MOAB, even going so far as to question why he didn’t seek Congressional approval to do it and whether it was Constitutional for him to do it. Some have even gone so far as to say “See? We told you he would get us into a world war!” or “See? He’s trying to divert attention away from the Russian investigation!” And, all I can do in response is shake my head in disbelief. After a long fit of hysterical laughter, that is.

Listen, Leftists. What Trump is doing is both Constitutional and legal, thanks to a little ditty I like to call the War Powers Act. In short, the War Powers Act allows the President to initiate military actions without Congressional approval for 90 days. I don’t like it because it circumvents Congress’ role in warfare, but it’s the law. Until it gets changed, Trump is allowed to use it, and no amount of foot-stomping will change it.

Additionally, both houses of Congress are controlled by the Republicans. You know, the same Republicans Leftists claim want to kill Grandma, starve the poor, and take away everybody’s health care so the rich can have a tax cut? Think this through! The people you Leftists have been treating like scum for the past few years are now going to bend over backwards to do your ill-advised will? Rarely outside of a Sheila Jackson Lee interview have I heard such absolute stupidity.

Even if you ignore the bad blood between the Left and Congressional Republicans, it would be a hard sell. See, the Left has this notion the best way to handle ISIS is to negotiate with them. You know, treat them like you would a foreign leader. Except…ISIS isn’t a foreign leader. It’s a terrorist organization that treats women and gays far worse than you claim Donald Trump does, but they seem to have your blessing. Maybe it has something to do with being useful idiots or the previous Administration giving terrorists lawyers, guns, and money, but the Right doesn’t swing that way usually. They prefer to handle ISIS the old fashioned way: lots and lots of violence. Now, you may think bombing ISIS into the Stone Age (which would be a huge step forward) will only create more terrorists, thus making the problem worse. And you may be right. Of course, with enough bombing, ISIS may win, but there will be a lot fewer of them available for the awards ceremony.

As far as getting us involved in a world war, that concept is a bit melodramatic. And by a bit, I mean more of a drama queen than Meryl Streep. The fact is we’re not getting other countries involved yet, and those who might get involved are either going to be on our side or are going to have to explain why they’re cool with ISIS. Spoiler Alert: being cool with ISIS is not a resume builder.

Then, there are people who think the bombing was an attempt to divert attention away from the Russia investigation. When you believe in conspiracy theories, anything can be used to “prove” they’re right, even if they make no logical sense. Of course, the fact they make no logical sense should be the first sign the conspiracy theory might be more cracked than a Ming vase in a house full of toddlers learning to walk.

And the “bombing to divert attention away from Russia” idea is just like that Ming vase. Do you know why? Because the Russia investigation is going nowhere faster than Shia Lebouf’s movie career. I know you Leftists are waiting with bated breath for the other shoe to drop, but that first shoe you heard was Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign crashing and burning, Hindenburg style. Right now, you are hanging your hopes of rumors, extensions of rumors, and anonymous sources. In other words, you’re less credible than the “Birthers” you derided during the Obama years.

We will see what, if anything, comes from bombing ISIS, but there is one thing that is sure to happen.

The Left will continue to remind people why they’re no longer in power.

Syria

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Only 9% of American’s believe that the US should get involved militarily with Syria. I am not part of that 9%. Syria is not an ally of the United States and removing Assad will only pave the way for a Islamist leader from the rebels to take control. Thus further destabilizing the region. And that will cause serious trouble for the only true ally the United States has in the Middle East. Israel.

So we should not put our young men and women on the ground. We should not put our planes in the air. We should STAY OUT of Syria. Islam has been fighting among itself since Muhammad died in 632 AD. We will only tip the balance towards someone we cannot trust even more that we cannot trust Assad.

The European powers and Russia are correct in this situation. We must stay out of Syria and wait and see what happens. If the fighting threatens Israel then we should get involved. But not until that happens.