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America should stay out of Syria

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America does not need another nation wrapped around our necks. We can’t afford to pay our retirees their social-security checks.
Rumors abound that congress is working to cut social-security benefits and raise the retirement age even higher. American people have paid for years into social security while the fund has continued to be robbed and spent in other places.
Let’s think really hard. I wonder where those places might have been. How about Iraq and Afghanistan? Those wars have cost more than four trillion dollars and more than 6,000 lives.
Americans do not want to waste another trillion dollars on a Middle East country. We certainly do not want to lose another 1,000 lives or even one life in Syria.
Why would we want to go to Syria? Who would we fight? Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad? I grant you he is a bad guy and there are plenty of people in Syria and the Middle East who do not like him. Would it be America’s job to fight his army and take him out?
Then what happens? Do we set up 20,000 troops in Syria to patrol the country and do we try to establish order in this already crazy part of the world? We’ve done such a great job in Iraq and Afghanistan – not!
How could we fight Assad in Syria without fighting Islamic State? They are crawling all over that country. They would love to overthrow Assad and take control of Syria’s oil wealth. But wait – IS hates America. Its members behead our people and they want to get into America to bring about any kind of disaster possible. Why would we ever want to do anything to help them? I don’t. I know you don’t.
Do we want to be there to fight Russia? That is just what we need – two superpowers that are both struggling economically to engage in warfare over Syria. The Russians support Assad and they want to maintain their only Middle Eastern navy base in that area. Syria is their only port and they do not want to give it up.
Is America afraid that Russia will establish more of presence in Syria and have more control of its oil? I wish we would quit killing our men and women over Middle Eastern oil. We have natural gas. We have oil. We have coal and wind and solar energy. Canada and the United States have plenty enough energy for here and even to export around the world.
The countries of the Middle East need to work out their problems. America has gone broke before in the Middle East with nothing to show for it. Let’s not repeat the same mistakes in Syria.
Glenn Mollette is an American author whose syndicated column is read in all 50 states.

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