When has war had a endgame with a current enemy, not a defeated enemy? You do realize you're helping my argument of having a perpetual ally, right?We have "invested" trillions, been there for just short of a couple of decades, and the ME is still a mess. Nobody has an exit strategy or even a definition of victory. When do you quit throwing money and lives down the rathole?
The Kurds have been a stable ally for the US for generations, just they never had a homeland you can drill oil in. Check out the Gulf War. Now, the Kurds in Syria are the PRK and Iraqi Peshmurga, Syrian and Iraqi Kurds, not Turkish Kurds which is the PKK. And yeah, you'll say they're all the same. But by your own finely quoted UN post the PRK are not a terrorist organization. You know who was? The Sinn Fein, the political arm of the IRA. Killed more British/NATO troops than any Middle Eastern or Communist terrorist groups combined. They still got invited to the White House every St Patrick's day. But that's cool, right????The Kurds are not a major US ally and never have been. In fact, the PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by the US Government. "The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by several states and organizations, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, and the European Union. " They are, in fact, an enemy of our NATO ally Turkey, which really complicates things further. If we drive Turkey out of NATO, the other NATO nations will lose their collective shit, and NATO will end as a force to reckon with. That is not desirable with a resurgent Russia trying to act like a superpower.
Who said Putin?I never did. Seriously, in your mind Russia and the Soviet Union is Putin? Russia post Soviet Union (that means when the Soviet Union ended and was Federalist Russia in 1991) has been consistent. The US..............I would talk battle maneuvers with you but pointless really. Question? What's the cost in having a brand new ally force in the region that we are not indebted to? Who are they? Do they have a fighting culture to precipitate training? What's the cost? Trillions over 50 odd years maybe??And as far as Puting being such a trustworthy guy, that is laughable. Putin (rightly, in my view) will do what he perceives as best for Russia and Putin.
We as a nation are just about done with being the world's policeman, which the rest of the civilized world alternately hates us for, and hates us for trying to not be. Fuck all the ungrateful nations, let THEM defend the ME for their energy supplies. Let THEM pay trillions and lose thousands of lives. Guess what? None will do it. They are all hypocrites complaining about US warmongering, and then when we try to stop, they complain about that too. We have our own energy reserves, fuck them all. The US taxpayer is done financing the security of the West which refuses to do anything except complain. Time for the USA to become isolationist.[/QUOTE]Someone else needs to pick up the slack. We have spent more money in trying to fix the ME than everyone else in the West COMBINED, and the people here are sick of it. Trump's promise to get us out of this quagmire is one of the reasons he was elected. He campaigned on it, so this is not exactly a surprise.
I'm sad you're tired for being tired. Me and my generation enlisted into this perpetual war, but you're sad. America the the Soviet Union created the slack in the first place and in all fairness the Russians have done their part. The money the US spends clearly isn't going no where it's needed or why it should even be paid. What you're missing is that the US has been locked into the Middle East since the Yom Kippur war and it will never be allowed to leave. Even when the US is bored and has transgender toilets to debate and Football Season has started. You wanted to be the ''block bully'' of the world, well, this is the cost outside of Rocky 4 and The Wolverines. It's perpetual warfare for perpetual hegemony in the region the US values so dearly. The US killed Saddam when he wasn't useful, which lead to ISIS, which lead to the Syrian Civil War. Which the US created on the stacks of millions of bodies during the back and forth cold war then, tough. You're top dog now. You created it. Captain the ship you wanted to dominated the seven seas already thought feeling so, so sad. Man the helm, dock home. make a choice