The other day Howard Dean made the case that we shouldn’t pull out of Afghanistan because we needed to be there to socially plan the country. He explained that we needed to stay there for gender equality purposes.
Pardon me, but we are supposed to stick around in the Graveyard of Empires because of matters of identity politics? Oh, and we can’t leave Syria either because, well, because that benefits Putin or something. And that you know is of major concern because of, well because Putin is a bad guy. (Which he is, but doesn’t matter.)
No kidding. The Middle East is full of “bad guys” and that is why we, for the most part shouldn’t be there. But now for some reason the stretch from Libya to Jammu Kashmir is under our general dominion? (With the big exception of Iran.)
This trend has long been emerging. The pro-empire neocons, who were originally Democrats, have been coming home as of late. The neocons in 2016 trained their fire on Rand Paul and many defected to Hillary Clinton’s cause. What the neocons got in the end of course was Trump who, despite having John Bolton on staff is giving the rest of the neocons fits.
(From The Intercept)
That’s not surprising given that Americans by a similarly large plurality agree with the proposition that “the U.S. has been engaged in too many military conflicts in places such as Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan for too long and should prioritize getting Americans out of harm’s way” far more than they agree with the pro-war view that “the U.S. needs to keep troops in places such as Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan to help support our allies fight terrorism and maintain our foreign policy interests in the region.”
But what is remarkable about the new polling data on Syria is that the vast bulk of support for keeping troops there comes from Democratic Party voters, while Republicans and independents overwhelming favor their removal.