Why not to go into Syria.
Awful things are happening, nobody denies that, but we have to stop believing that American exceptionalism as a solution to world problems. Sometimes there isn’t a solution and especially not one the US can provide.
Boots on the ground is a serious mistake.
But the biggest problem with the arguments for intervention — even the calibrated airstrikes that the dissent channel memo calls for — is that it would lead to boots on the ground. Assuming Mr. Assad were to escalate attacks in response to the airstrikes — a virtual certainty — the option of a limited response would no longer be available.
Direct military action against the Syrian government would ignore the primary lesson of Libya: that regime change, absent the willingness and capacity to engage in subsequent stabilization operations, opens the door to extremist groups. An American commitment to such operations in Syria would also ignore the primary lesson of Iraq: that true stabilization requires both counterinsurgency and state-building, for which the United States, like most mature democracies, lacks the stomach for brutality and political stamina.
American resources are better spent on sustaining a stricken population and regional governments’ needs while nurturing a political process on Syria, however tortuous, than on conducting futile military assaults against the regime.
Why the U.S. Military Can’t Fix Syria http://nyti.ms/29Ptrkj
The following number tells us why we were right not to commit boots on the ground in Lybia and Syria.
Nearly 350,000 service members have been given a diagnosis of traumatic brain injury over the past 15 years, many of them from blast exposure. The real number is likely to be much higher, because so many who have enlisted are too proud to report a wound that remains invisible.
What if PTSD Is More Physical Than Psychological? http://nyti.ms/1TYYp6U
A good assessment of the failures of or war policy in the last couple decades.
Sure the military part went our way, but the places we warred in are worse off now than they were before we got there.
Two lessons: wasting our lives and money on these countries doesn’t work, and forcefully trying to bring order to chaos doesn’t help the citizens.
What we should do instead is unclear but what we’ve been doing isn’t working so there’s no reason to continue it.
Impossible Missions http://nyti.ms/1q5zHJU
The right may finally get the message that their leaders will send them and their kids to wars that are unnecessary.
To those voters furious at politicians who sent their children to fight and bleed and die in Iraq, he tells them what no major Republican politician in a decade has said — that the war was a terrible mistake imposed on the country by an incompetent president.
They may finally revolt against the hawkishness of their party’s rhetoric.
But how do these same folks still think Donald Drumpf will keep them from being cannon fodder. He’ll just send them to die in another part of the mideast.
Drumpf is same same but different.
Why Trump’s Antiwar Message Resonates with White America http://nyti.ms/1ZYr2p3
The only way for the US to win a war these days is to stay out of it.
Why Has America Stopped Winning Wars?
NobodyisFlyingthePlane has always been about the idea that we are blithely moving forward without a thought to where, how, and why.
The idea of a planet with a third more people has always frightened the staff. Just because we can doesn’t mean we should. It has long been one of our most firmly held beliefs that the solution to humanity’s problems lies in controlling population growth, not allowing rampant unfettered expansion in every pocket of untamed wilds. Clearly we’re not talking about trampling anyone’s rights to procreate. We’re just talking about pursuing policies that reward and encourage responsible growth.
There is a way to live in harmony with our planet. We haven’t found it yet. Its our job to keep working towards finding it, not to fill every square meter with bodies.
The author of this piece had some interesting things to say on the subject, but one quote in particular was very evocative.
Competition and conflict always shadow the broad edges of humanity’s tent, and a bigger tent tends to inflame tensions.