It's time for the United States to leave the Middle EastSubmitted by radiofriendly on Thu, 09/20/2012 - 23:18
When a suicide bomber killed 241 American soldiers in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1983, President Ronald Reagan wrote, "Perhaps we didn't appreciate fully enough the depth of the hatred and the complexity of the problems that made the Middle East such a jungle. In the weeks immediately after the bombing, I believe the last thing that we should do was turn tail and leave. Yet the irrationality of Middle Eastern politics forced us to rethink our policy there."
Reagan was very reluctant to remove American forces after the Beirut tragedy, fearing it would be interpreted as a sign of weakness, but pull them, he did. In Reagan's opinion, the Middle East, due to its very cultural, religious, and political nature, was a place in which further American involvement would've only worsened things...
How do you fix this? Start a war? We've done that, twice. What would we solve? Would the region finally change? No, that region will never change, and to the degree that it can ever improve, it will do so far more through lessons learned in our absence. You cannot impose liberty on others, and you certainly can't do so when they don't want it. Those who want it will have to fight for it themselves. In fact, they must fight for it themselves.