Yes but only as a part of the UN
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The United States should stop all muslim immigration into our country. Bring all of our troops home, and begin deporting muslims to thier countries of orgin. As for those muslims born here, they need to be re-educated. In the meantime we should change our constitution so we can ban Islam from the United States. This should be accomplished in the most humane way possible. Without physical harm to anyone. Islam is not compatable with Democracy and we as a nation must rid ourselfs of this scourge on humanity.
When America is strong the world is calm, When America is weak tyrants and terrorist slaughter the meek. ~ SgtRock
why do you keep thinking that I am saying we should aid the rebels in overthrowing and replacing the Syrian regime?Libya has better terrain, a weaker government, much stronger rebels, other nations in support and we still haven't gone anywhere.
only in the sense that the regime is better armed - but the need there is much greater.The conditions in Syria are far less favorable
how would they turn against us - they have no out-of-country strike capability and no one is saying put echelons on the ground. Far more likely they would prefer to ignore us and/or ask for air support and/or money.and you have to factor in the possibility of the rebels turning against us.
au contraire. AQI absolutely picked up a anti-helo anti-air capability through it's Syrian supply networks. and here we are talking about barracks, training facilities, node personnel, front organizations, logistical support, leadership, and so forth. C3INone of those factors matter in sponsoring terrorism. Syria isn't smuggling an air defense network across the border into Iraq.
small arms and explosives are stored prior to shipping and in storage are vulnerable to having a 2,000 lb bomb detonate in the middle of the pile.Small arms and explosives are what kill our troops, and you can't stop those from the air.
but you can absolutely stop them from the air - how many times did we kill smugglers from helicopters? fast movers? Given the size and terrain of the Iraq-Syria border, we became dependent on air, both for strike and ISR, and we got fairly good at it.
not my crystal ball. Iran's.Why, because your crystal ball says it is inevitable?
you can't move further in than "de facto operationally controlled by". Iran told Syria to be a dummy target for their nuclear research and what did Syria do? they obeyed. Because that is what subordinates do when they recieve orders from their superiors. They let Iran turn them into a pin-doll for Israel... because that's what they were told to do.Once, again your plan actually makes the situation worse. A weakened and angry Syria will move even further into the Iranian camp.
and it is in the national interest to take an opportunity to bloody the nose and significantly degrade the offensive capability of the major arm of the Iranian regional hegemony project.Foreign policy is the national interest
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.