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Dear President Trump: Please Stay Out Of Syria

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Still image taken from drone footage, c. Feb. 6, 2017, purports to show a blast on the ground, apparently the result of an airstrike, in a Syrian-government controlled neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. (Ahrar al-Sham/AP)

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Wednesday, 12 Apr 2017 03:08 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Dear President Trump:

I am passing along my hope that you make America’s economy great again — very soon. Otherwise, the Treasury Department will have to print trillions more dollars to fund your surprising new interventionism.

It appears that, in direct contradiction of your crystal-clear campaign promise, you are hellbent on policing the world. Given Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s statement that we will "rededicate ourselves to holding to account any and all who commit crimes against innocents anywhere in the world," that’s going to be an expensive proposition.

But before America’s global gun-slinging commences, I ask that you consider the following:

  • So you aren’t accused of "continent bias," I suggest simultaneously tackling Venezuela, Myanmar, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Chad, Nigeria, Qatar, and Libya. France also, merely because it’s France. Since that’s just on the first day, we’re going to be busy for a long time.

  • If we’re being honest, that list also applies to us. One look at our cities shows the staggering number of innocents slaughtered daily in what are, without question, war zones. Perhaps your time would be better spent solving those escalating domestic problems, rather than creating more quandaries overseas.

  • The Syrian attack was more than one percent of the cost to build your border wall. Think about that.

  • When bombs don’t achieve the objective, we’ll send military advisers. But it won’t end there, because it never does. Then come bases, troops, and air wings. And what happens when we engage the Russians in a firefight, or shoot down one of their aircraft?

  • Einstein said insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly, yet expecting different results. Further intervention in the world’s most ignitable powder keg, where Russia is entrenched, is insanity.

  • After Syrian regime change, what will the victory be? If it’s anything like Iraq and Libya — when America deposed two secular dictators, only to see massive instability — there will be a lot of head scratching. Cluelessness about next steps after creating a dangerous power vacuum is not the path to the presidential hall of fame. Just ask former President George W. Bush.

  • Interventionism produces catastrophic results. Saddam Hussein wasn’t an angel, rather he was an iron-fisted secular leader. He kept extremists at bay. He was also an American ally during the Iran-Iraq war, as well as a bitter enemy of Osama bin Laden.

Also consider:

  • Since ousting Saddam Hussein, there have been thousands of car bombs in Iraq; while Hussein was leader, there were none. Deposing Hussein, the only man capable of maintaining order, was possibly the greatest blunder in a very long list of American mistakes in the Mideast.

  • Then America toppled the non-fundamentalist Muammar Gadhafi, who had been working with U.S. intelligence against terrorists. But the rebels we assisted were the same folks who comprised the largest foreign fighting force battling Americans in Iraq. Libya too devolved into chaos (remember Benghazi?) after America’s handiwork.

  • Syrian President Bashar Assad is a ruthless dictator, but as an avowed secularist, he provided stability by keeping fundamentalists in check. But his protracted battle with the rebels has provided a safe-haven for terrorists in areas captured from the Syrian government.

  • America’s attempt to impose its will in the Mideast keeps blowing up in our face, literally. Could a conventional bomb have hit a rebel chemical weapons factory? Was it your deep state nemesis trying to drive a wedge between yourself and Vladimir Putin? Or, were chemical weapons loaded by accident? Who knows? But the deliberate use of chemical weapons makes no sense. Just days after the U.S. said the Syrian people would determine their own fate, would Assad really gas his people and incur the wrath of the world, with amplified calls for his ouster?

  • You have often criticized the military hierarchy and intelligence "experts" since their trustworthiness leaves much to be desired. That’s nothing new. Many think we sunk the U.S.S. Maine to spark hostilities with Spain, leading to the Spanish-American War. The Gulf of Tonkin incident, catalyst for engagement in Vietnam, was faked. And claims of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq were bogus.

Americans’ skepticism of the intelligence community is well-justified, especially since we haven’t won a war since 1945. Minding our own business is not isolationist. It’s common sense.

The killing of dozens by chemical weapons is horrifying, but is that worse than conventional bombs killing thousands? Are we, already perceived as "crusaders," really engaging yet another Mideast country? And, as in Iraq and Afghanistan, will we build state-of-the-art infrastructure there while Americans continue to see their bridges collapse, roads crumble, and water mains break?

President Trump, please heed the words of Sir Edmund Burke in formulating an exit strategy for Syria before ever entering it, "Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it."

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.

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