Time to Come Home

January 6th, 2019

This morning the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is printing the following letter from me:

“I don’t often agree with Donald Trump, and when I do, I start to doubt my own judgment. However, the President, on occasion, does something makes total sense. In this case, I am referring to his decision to remove U.S. troops from Syria. Likewise, his plan to bring back American soldiers from Afghanistan is a refreshing moment of sanity on his part.

We don’t need to be in these countries. We never needed to be there. After seventeen years of U.S. military commitment, Afghanistan is still a basket case. Syria is a chaotic mess that we can’t fix with soldiers and weapons. Now that I think of it, we shouldn’t be in Iraq either. The Iraqis don’t want us there anymore.

A nation shows its wisdom by carefully choosing its battles. During the last seventeen years, we have rushed headlong into wars that have both impoverished us and ruined other countries. I dare anyone to name a single conflict that has resulted in a successful outcome for the United States. Trump is right this time. We need to come home.”

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