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    Re: Do you still feel the same now about our middle east involvement...

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Yes well, AQ lives. Why would you think that we could kill all of a group much worse then they could have dreamed of? Wouldn't it have been more prudent to leave in place those figures who contained such groups?
    I didn't say I think we CAN. I said that is what I would do.
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    Re: Do you still feel the same now about our middle east involvement...

    Quote Originally Posted by OrphanSlug View Post
    I have changed my position on this greatly, and consider this latest round of dealing with the ISIS something we were dared (perhaps better said, bullied) into.

    What is happening is further conformation to me that our foreign policy is confusing, hypocritical, and ultimately a problem we make worse because of our attitudes about how another region of the world should exist.

    What gets to me the most is ISIS did not show up yesterday, those that make up ISIS have been there a very long time and looked to opprotunity to capitalize on. This was true of the multiple way civil war in Syria, and the incredible weakness of the Iraq government (and military.)

    Our Nobel Peace Prize winning President Obama is now the 4th President in a row to drop a bomb on Iraq and mean it, and now we are striking targets in Syria as well. As apart of a "coalition" that includes plenty of other nations we claim are friends but also exibit harsh treatment for those of competition religions, themselves show outward sexism and pedophilia, and other inequalities and less than acceptable social behavior. We claim we are helping "moderates" who seem to tave no real interest in engaging ISIS in Syria. As for Iraq, they have demostrated well their aptitude to drop their US issued weapons and run like hell to Baghdad (or other regions of Iraq ISIS does not seem to want... at least not today.) ISIS's view of state independence under such religious control is not unique but we are told via fear that we have to do something about them especially while overlooking others perhaps a notch down in extremism assuming the US gets something out of the deal.

    I think we are making a monumental mistake. Between Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43, and now Obama we have a trail of nations from Libya, to Egypt, to Syria, to Iraq, to Somalia, to Afghanistan, to several others that have become long term disasters with a fiscal consequence only beaten out by the human lives lost, or forever changed, consequence. All one has to do is look at the overwhelmed VA to realize we really did a great disservice to those we put in harms way for what I history will tell was very little gain. We decide which tyrants are acceptable assuming there is something in it for us, while pointing the finger at others suggesting they are the problem.

    ISIS does seem like a huge problem, one I would argue we greatly ensured would happen with decades of terrible foreign policy designed to ensure there would be plenty out there that did not like us very much. All evidence supporting. I think Obama got punked into dealing with this in the manner he has, and joined a long line of predicessors who seem to have caused more problems than they have solved over the years.
    Quite true, US policy in the ME for decades has been destabilization.
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    Re: Do you still feel the same now about our middle east involvement...

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    It's our problem because of our past policies in the region. A combination of European colonialism and US nation building led to this being our concern, though our nation gets no actual benefit from constant intervention. The only people who wanted to go into Syria were the nation building warharwks. I guess you are one.
    We would not have had to go into Syria. People who share our values were in the field and willing to fight for themselves. They wanted only the tools for the job. We did not provide them.
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    Re: Do you still feel the same now about our middle east involvement...

    It's going to years and years to take out ISIS... if it's even possible, and I am being realistic when I say that I don't think it's possible...

    We tried to rid the world of Al Qaida, and we did a lot of serious damage, but they would just reorganize, find another leader and figurehead, and now Al Qaida fighters can join up with ISIS...


    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    This is the only time I have supported our going to the ME in a conflict or war effort. ISIS is a different animal than we have been dealing with previously. They are serious, and they are brutal savages. Much worse that AQ ever dreamed of being, from what I can tell. I say kill them all, and take no prisoners.

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    Re: Do you still feel the same now about our middle east involvement...

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I didn't say I think we CAN. I said that is what I would do.
    Well the pentagon, with its various branches of service lost 4,500 soldiers and spent 1-1/2 trillion dollars to fight AQ, yet AQ lives.
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    Re: Do you still feel the same now about our middle east involvement...

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    It's going to years and years to take out ISIS... if it's even possible, and I am being realistic when I say that I don't think it's possible...

    We tried to rid the world of Al Qaida, and we did a lot of serious damage, but they would just reorganize, find another leader and figurehead, and now Al Qaida fighters can join up with ISIS...
    That is why smart officers, as early as 2002, began referring to "The Long War."
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    Re: Do you still feel the same now about our middle east involvement...

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Well the pentagon, with its various branches of service lost 4,500 soldiers and spent 1-1/2 trillion dollars to fight AQ, yet AQ lives.
    It gets worse, besides Al-Qaeda we were also fighting the Taliban and a military tyrant in Iraq. In the end there is plenty of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban running around, and in Iraq the replacement was a weakend government over a terrible panic first, run second, and ask questions never military.

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    Re: Do you still feel the same now about our middle east involvement...

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    I think it perfectly acceptable to be continuously challenged when considering foreign policy engagements. That's why I selected, "It's complicated." I, myself, had curiously moved back and forth between support and skepticism in engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan. I've settled on being inherently uninterested in democratic nation building, but not against destroying terrorist cells. Whilst I'm continuing to be skeptical of the need for a significant war presently and am concerned with its lasting impact on America's bottom line, I am nevertheless torn on whether or not such sacrifices may be inherently necessary to prevent attacks on our soil or those of our choicest allies.
    "The United States failed in both Afghanistan and Iraq, but this time round may be different since the Islamic State is posing a serious danger to close U.S. allies in the region who cannot defend themselves on their own," al-Hashimi said. "The United States will be going in this time with the blessing of regional powers."

    Read more: There's No End In Sight For America's Middle East War Duties - Business Insider
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    Re: Do you still feel the same now about our middle east involvement...

    I was hardcore GOP until Dubya's invasion of Iraq and it was found out there was no WMDs, thats when I became Libertarian and now I completely believe in non-interventionism. The chaos of the Middle East can be traced directly to Western imperialism.

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    Re: Do you still feel the same now about our middle east involvement...

    Quote Originally Posted by PoS View Post
    I was hardcore GOP until Dubya's invasion of Iraq and it was found out there was no WMDs, thats when I became Libertarian and now I completely believe in non-interventionism. The chaos of the Middle East can be traced directly to Western imperialism.
    It's funny how this is both obvious and yet opaque to so many at the same time.
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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