What is peace? Depends, but most Americans would probably think of peace as freedom from war and civil disturbance. However, I suspect most people would not want to sacrifice a police state for peace. Nonetheless, that is the type of peace people have been know to settle for.
So why are we talking about peace here? It is Christmas, and one of the people who comments here, marmoewp, made a request.
I’d be interested to hear yours and possibly other reader’s thoughts on the resignation letter of Secretary of Defense James Mattis
I have set up a thread on my site, as I do not want to take over Tom’s post here.
Folks are inferring that Mattis resigned because Trump pulled our forces out of Syria and will probably do the same in Afghanistan. Since I do not have a strong opinion on this matter, I was not planning on doing a post on this topic. Why don’t I have a strong opinion? I am not sure whether President Donald Trump made a good or bad decision.
- Leaving a couple of thousand troops in Syria is neither risk free or especially cheap. A force that small can be overwhelmed (Our forces in Afghanistan are basically in the same situation). To protect that force, we have to provide considerable air support and strongly protected logistical support. Was leaving those troops in place the best use of those troops? Not sure.
- The world does not hold still. So every military mission is subject to mission creep. What is mission creep? When we ask this question, “what are our solders doing there”, the answer starts to broaden to include new objectives? As time passes we lose sight of the original mission. We forget the original job was to just to destroy ISIS or Al-Qaeda. We overlook the simple fact that that job is effectively done.
- We have allies in the region who should have a bigger interest in preserving peace in the Middle East than we do. Isn’t time they took a greater role? Are they going to do what they should be doing if we are doing it? It is not like we are charging anyone for this.
- Our primary focus in the area is Iraq, not Syria.
- We have alternative ways of exerting influence. Using our military should always be a last resort. Unfortunately, military force is the only thing an organization like ISIS respects.
So how do other bloggers feel about this?
- Syria Exit Threatens Kurds (soarusa.wordpress.com): This blogger does not like Trump’s move.
- King Solomon, Border Wall Costs vs. USA Military Costs? (rudymartinka.com): Here the thought is that those resources would be better spent in the USA.
- Pompeo Does the Right Thing; Stands By Trump (victorygirlsblog.com): Here the blogger compares and contrasts the reaction of two different officials in the Trump administration.
- Trump Be Right! (lobotero.com): Provides support from an unlikely quarter.
Anyway, like I am curious what people think. Got an opinion? Please leave your comments here or on ‘s blog. That’s up to you.