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Hawks Melt Down Over Syria Pull-Out

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Saudi Arabia is tied down and arguably losing the war it launched against the Houthi rebels in 2015. Iran or its surrogates, with a handful of cruise missiles and drones, just shut down half of the Saudi oil production. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is awakening to his nation's vulnerability and may be looking to negotiate with Tehran. Among those objecting most loudly to an American withdrawal from the forever wars of the Middle East are those who were the most enthusiastic about plunging us in. And, yes, there is a price to be paid for letting go of an empire, but it is almost always less than the price of holding on.