Our foreign policy, especially pertaining to the Middle East, is a dangerous one. We no longer project a strong, unequivocal presence there, thus allowing a vacuum invariably occupied by thugs and murderers.
How many more wars must we witness (or engage in) before the lesson finally takes hold?
Our national sense of isolationism allowed for the Treaty of Versailles, directly giving rise to Hitler. Thirty years later, we had learned the lesson and became internationally proactive. NATO and the Marshall Plan followed.
Conversely, when Noam Chomsky and other '60s college "intellectuals" succeeded with manipulating our eventual withdrawal from Southeast Asia, 20 million Cambodians - one-third of the entire population - died.
Our current passivity includes the withdrawal of adequate mission security in Libya, an announced timetable in Afghanistan (tied to impossible "negotiations" with Taliban demands over Gitmo) and only a couple of hundred troops left in Iraq - that country now a land bridge from Iran to Syria for matériel supporting Assad's murder of his people.
We left the Green Revolution to fail in Iran, yet we encouraged the "Arab Spring," knowing full-well the likelihood of the rise for the Muslim Brotherhood. Christians are wantonly murdered at prayer, and Israel has a new avowed enemy on its border.
The current administration is quite satisfied with its over-reliance upon drone kills - essentially assassinations - with no boots on the ground for gathering intelligence from such targets. Dead men tell no tales. But we now understand the various terrorist cells all the less and we are rendered clueless as to where the next attack will be.
Woe to any national who does work with us, as that physician in Pakistan well knows.
Even when applying a moral standard, we are failing miserably: though we have failed from time to time while acting for the right reasons, it is far more immoral to fail to act for the wrong reasons.
Our country is the proverbial rich man pushing the camel through the eye of the needle. We as a country have an imperative to push much harder. And soon.
Dan Flathers, Toms Brook