Akbar Palace my hapless darling,
I am neither complaining nor pointing fingers, so don’t try to bait me as such.
You, on the other hand, seem to have no problem dictating to others that they should draft into some military, travel and base overseas, incur the gargantuan expenses of securing and supplying themselves, and inflict horrible levels of traumatic violence on people many of whom are innocent, to solve a problem which is not really theirs to solve.
By now it’s a given around here that you have no empathy or love for the Arabs, which is fine by me! I’m an Arab, and I can’t even stand these guys most of the time! The Arabs are so divided, unreliable, untrustworthy, callous, fickle, capricious and craven that I can’t even state with full certainty and confidence that I know who “my people” among them are at any given moment. This is my personal problem to deal with, not anyone else’s. :)
But do you have any empathy at all for the United States where you live? Have you any idea what the finances of this country are like, how exhausted its military class is?
Maybe you should get off your computer and go talk to the less fortunate people who would end up basing in Syria and Iraq as you seem to want. At the very least, it’ll be good physical and social exercise for you. God forbid it’ll be you or someone you cherish who’ll be the one doing the soldiering in these hellish places. I take it as a given that you intend to stick someone else other than yourself with this military task.
The US is basically check-mated on the world stage by China in the South China Sea, Russia in the Ukraine, and the 1.5 billion Muslims in the Islamic World who can’t seem to control the millions among them who have very funny ideas swirling around in their heads and who whether knowingly or not either motivate or enable tens of thousands of the most radicalized to viciously act on those ideas.
The US has tried to intervene in the Middle East many times before, and every time it has been a disaster. The people there have a knack for such corruption that they can profit from even the most dire circumstances. They also have tremendous endurance for hardship and tolerance for dreadfulness, which means they will wait out the United States, as long as it takes. The US has to pull out and come home at some point, after all.
For some reason, Middle Easterners are not on board with the Western project. I honestly don’t understand why, but that’s probably a testament to my mediocre intelligence. But I at least figure that America can’t force them to think and behave, and more importantly sacrifice, in ways that they don’t seem to want to. It can’t entice them. It can’t coerce them. It’s a monstrous fool’s errand to even attempt it.
I honestly think your problem is that you’re emotionally and ideologically married to Israel and so you feel that you have a huge interest in the Middle East, which is fine. But you probably think that 300+ million other Americans, tens of millions of whom are living in circumstances that can best be described as hellish, are as invested as you in the Middle East, and I think you will rudely discover that this is not the case at all. And neither you nor your ideological idol Charles Krauthammer can really do anything about this. The days of political evangelism are over. Everybody is blabbing these days, saying whatever they want, it’s getting very cacophonous and the game is getting quite crowded. What’s happening in politics is that the best people are dropping out in disgust. They can’t stand the rancor, hostility and confusion anymore.
Anyway, I don’t want to get drawn into a long, convoluted discussion here. I am not trying to convince you or anyone else of anything. I guess I just come here to be amused, and to provide some amusement in return! :)