The great bulk of Americans, Mr. President, are ebullient over your decision to remove our troops from Syria, and soon from Afghanistan. Since the start of those two murderous misadventures, in 2001 and 2003, many American parents have welcomed home from war only dead; legless, blind, or armless; or mentally troubled children. No victories, no end of wasteful spending, no national government concern for dead, save for a few faux tears at Andrews Air Force Base, and no general officer competent – or, seemingly, willing — to lead our troops in a way that ensures America wins. Mr. President, the beginning of the end of the governing elite’s 70-years of military interventionism is a precious Christmas gift to Americans, their children, and their hopes for the republic’s recovery.
We never had a genuine national-interest reason for going to war in Iraq or Syria, and only justification for an annihilative, 15-18-month punitive campaign in Afghanistan. All those wars are now lost, which is the traditional manner of American war-making since V-J Day in 1945. You, Mr. President, have taken a large step to permanently ending military interventionism as the first option for presidents, their advisers, the Congress, and their senior civil servants. You also have laid down a marker to the U.S. corps of flag officers; namely, Americans have no time or respect for you if you do not win wars, or if you take U.S. troops to wars you know the president does not intend to win.