By Patrick J.
12, 2016 "Information
- If you believed America’s longest war,
in Afghanistan, was coming to an end, be advised: It
U.S. commander Gen. John Campbell says there will
need to be U.S. boots on the ground “for years to
come.” Making good on President Obama’s commitment
to remove all U.S. forces by next January, said
Campbell, “would put the whole mission at risk.”
“Afghanistan has not achieved an enduring level of
security and stability that justifies a reduction of
our support. … 2016 could be no better and possibly
worse than 2015.”
Translation: A U.S. withdrawal would risk a Taliban
takeover with Kabul becoming the new Saigon and our
Afghan friends massacred.
years in, and we are stuck.
America about to end the next longest war in its
history: Iraq. Defense Secretary Ash Carter plans to
send units of the 101st Airborne back to Iraq to
join the 4,000 Americans now fighting there,
cancer,” says Carter. After we cut out the “parent
tumor” in Mosul and Raqqa, we will go after the
smaller tumors across the Islamic world.
Mosul be retaken? “Certainly not this year,” says
the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt.
Gen. Vincent Stewart.
Putin’s plunge into the Syrian civil war with air
power appears to have turned the tide in favor of
“moderate” rebels are being driven out of Aleppo and
tens of thousands of refugees are streaming toward
the Turkish border.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan is said to be enraged with the
U.S. for collaborating with Syrian Kurds against
ISIS and with Obama’s failure to follow through on
his dictate — “Assad must go!”
thus no end in sight to the U.S. wars in
Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, nor to the U.S.-backed
Saudi war in Yemen, where ISIS and al-Qaida have
re-arisen in the chaos.
West is mulling over military intervention in Libya
to crush ISIS there and halt the refugee flood into
despite America’s being tied down in wars from the
Maghreb to Afghanistan, not one of these wars were
among the three greatest threats identified last
summer by Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the new
chairman of the Joint Chiefs.
presents the greatest threat to our national
security,” said Dunford, “If you want to talk about
a nation that could pose an existential threat to
the United States, I would have to point to Russia,
if you look at their behavior, it’s nothing short of
agreed with John McCain that we ought to provide
anti-tank weapons and artillery to Ukraine, for,
without it, “they’re not going to be able to protect
themselves against Russian aggression.”
would we do if Putin responded by sending Russian
troops to occupy Mariupol and build a land bridge to
Crimea? Send U.S. troops to retake Mariupol? Are we
really ready to fight Russia?
forces NATO is moving into the Baltic suggests we
disputes have arisen between Russia, and Ukraine and
Georgia which seceded in 1991, over territory. But,
also undeniably, many Russians in the 14 nations
that seceded, including the Baltic states, never
wanted to leave and wish to rejoin Mother Russia.
these tribal and territorial conflicts in the far
east of Europe so threaten us that U.S. generals are
declaring that “Russia presents the greatest threat
to our national security”?
name other threats to the United States, Gen.
Dunford listed them in this order: China, North
Beijing is involved in disputes with Hanoi over the
Paracels, with the Philippines over the Spratlys,
with Japan over the Senkakus — almost all of these
being uninhabited rocks and reefs — how does China
threaten the United States?
creeping ever closer to war with the other two great
nuclear powers because we have made their quarrels
our quarrels, though at issue are tracts and bits of
land of no vital interest to us.
Korea, which just tested another atomic device and
long-range missile, is indeed a threat to us.
But why are
U.S. forces still up the DMZ, 62 years after the
Korean War? Is South Korea, with an economy 40 times
that of the North and twice the population,
incapable of defending itself?
slipping in the rankings as a threat to the United
States is that runaway favorite of recent years,
though, Sen. Ted Cruz reassured us that “the single
biggest national security threat facing America
right now is the threat of a nuclear Iran.”
“Of all the
enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most
to be dreaded,” wrote James Madison, “No nation
could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual
Madison was wrong.
with no end to war on America’s horizon, the
prospect of this free republic enduring is, well,
J. Buchanan is the author of the new book "The
Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From
Defeat to Create the New Majority." To find out more
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