Subsidizing prosperous, populous allies and attempting to remake failed states provides little benefit to most Americans, who do the dying and paying. Hillary Clinton’s foreign support actually reinforces Donald Trump’s point: the need for an international policy that advances the interests of the American people.
How do we know the next Syrian government won’t be just as bad or worse than Bashar al-Assad? The answer of course is that we don’t know, and the only way to have any hope of preventing such an outcome will be to engage in a massive “nation building” effort better than the haphazard failures we conducted in Iraq and are now conducting in Afghanistan. It is time for conservatives and libertarians to join forces – and welcome those liberals who have the spine to oppose the President they backed – to demand the U.S. stay out of the Syrian civil war.
The recent violence and bloodshed in Iraq proves that intervening usually carries bad consequences.