Strike first, strike hard, no mercy!
- Dec 15, 2006
- New Zealand
I'm reminded by Wikipedia that Obama had four SecDefs...so it's only lit if Trump has five in 8 years.
The demise of ISIS in the area has been greatly exaggerated, with some sources reporting strength in the tens of thousands.
As you know, but for the others in the room, just Google isis merv to get a feel for what @amlove21 is saying. That deal goes back for over a year and despite blasticating them with some JDAM, SDB, and HIMARS bukkake, they remain entrenched. Pockets in Syria still exist, while both Russian and Iranian influence remains significant.
I mean, the easiest answer is Switzerland. They're isolationist, right? Don't get involved in world affairs. Iceland has no national military (outside of a couple Coast Guard vessels); they don't engage in "world policing." It's not a question of "does this work" because I think pretty clearly we can see it can; the question is, "What risks are you wiling to accept to put isolationism (or nationalism or America First) on the books as our foreign policy of choice?" Switzerland and Iceland have no way to protect their national interest- I've been to Iceland to make sure Russians couldn't just fly into their air space because they wanted to flex nuts. We (world policing) stopped that incursion and sent a clear message to a neer-peer competitor.Have we ever really tried it? It hasn't worked with undeveloped or smaller countries, those which can be bullied, but we are a power capable of defending ourselves. We would probably be tested again (See Pearl Harbor) but, imo, we are sure to be tested on our current policy. A lot people hate us because we are not isolated enough.
Edited to add: l am not advocating anything. I don't pretend to have an answer. It's very complicated. What concerns me most is that there is no endstate. Do we pull out or should containment be our plan until forever?
I don't, and looking at that engagement now in context and with the benefit of time and examination, Kim Jong *Un got the better of that back and forth. Couple soundbites, couple pics, no real action; well other than the president considering cancelling huge military exercises and having to be spoonfed information by two smart guys (Kelly/Mattis), both so sick of his amateurism that they left.If you don't think the POTUS has an understanding of the complicated world, the engagement that he's executed in certain places has done something in SK/NK that no one else has been able to do.