I held off writing about President Trump’s decision to pull troops out of Syria until now.
A lot of that has to do with the fact that I’m no foreign policy expert and I’m not so sure I could add much to the conversation aside from gut reactions.
And, really? Everybody is screaming so loudly, why add to the noise?
Instead, I sought out more level-headed commentary that didn’t include a bunch of “hair-on-fire” histrionics.
Lucky for me, I found some.
Just kidding! That wasn’t it. Not by a long shot.
Last night Jesse Kelly tweeted out an interesting thread about Syria and Mattis resigning.
He doesn’t argue for one position or the other; instead, he puts things into perspective.
Respect General Mattis and will always consider him my commanding general. Also, there’s plenty of room in the GOP for a non-interventionist foreign policy. In fact, that was THE American doctrine until the early 1900s. Founders like George Washington swore by it.— Doctor Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) December 21, 2018
Basically:— Doctor Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) December 21, 2018
1. Mattis has my respect and I’m sorry to see him go.
2. Maybe dial back on the “WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE NOW AND RUSSIA IS GOING TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD” rhetoric. Your foreign policy doctrine ain’t the only one out there that’s sane.
"The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.” -George Washington— Doctor Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) December 21, 2018
I'm not making my pitch for one policy or another, but it is absolutely mind-boggling to me how 95% of the GOP punditry got roped into the "foreign intervention or you're a coward who loves Russia" narrative.— Doctor Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) December 21, 2018
America was a second rate world power. Know when we transitioned from that into the wealthiest nation the world has ever seen? When World War I was raging and we wouldn't get involved and we sold them the goods we manufactured here. All of a sudden, America owned the world.— Doctor Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) December 21, 2018
I'm not trying to sway you one way or the other, but I am trying to get you to reject this odd narrative from the Right about what America should and shouldn't be on foreign soil. Do some reading on it.— Doctor Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) December 21, 2018
"But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own."-John Quincy Adams— Doctor Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) December 21, 2018
Additionally, Mollie Hemingway has an excellent breakdown on Syria in today’s Federalist titled “Trump’s Syria Withdrawal Policy is Correct, but Communicated Horribly.”
And I think she does a great job explaining the pitfalls and risks of “indefinite war.” As her sub-headline puts it: “Requiring ‘enduring defeat’ in Syria will only result in endless war.”
She starts, interestingly enough, by citing this satirical piece from the Babylon Bee because, as Mollie writes, “the joke wasn’t far from the truth at all:”
After pointing out that President Trump’s decision shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who was paying attention to the things Donald Trump said before and during the 2016 campaign, Mollie cites each argument for staying in Syria and makes her arguments against them.
Hemingway’s column is exceedingly helpful in grappling with the issue.
Read the whole thing HERE.
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