Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
President Trump gave a speech in which he explained why he’s changed his mind on pulling out of Afghanistan: it would create a power vacuum and enable the Taliban to sweep in. Instead, we’re going to stay and kill terrorists until conditions on the ground allow us to leave. But we’re not going to engage in nation-building.
Great, he’s going to pivot to Afghanistan and focus like a laser on killing terrorists. Where have I heard that before?
I don’t object to killing terrorists but why aren’t we nation-building? Because nation-building was proposed as the cure for the root cause of terrorism but it turns out the root cause of terrorists is not poverty or lack of democratic institutions. Establishing a puppet regime with purple-finger elections and midnight basketball won’t stem the flow of terrorists so we’re not going to waste time and money doing it.
Fine. If that’s not the root cause, what is the root cause of Islamic terrorism?
I suspect the root cause of Islamic terrorists is radical Islam, even if everybody in Washington is terrified to say it. Why not fight them? Because there are different sects with different agendas and different funding, making them hard to find and kill, and the press would crucify you for trying.
But we know one of those sects is Wahhabism. Which is funded by Saudi Arabia. Which is run by the Royal Family of the House of Saud who the US protects from domestic unrest with US troops even as the Saudis work to get OPEC to undermine American domestic oil production.
As it sits now, our War on Terror policy is to kill the individual puppets but support the puppet masters even as they attack our economy. That’s insane.
Forget the terrorists. Let them squat in their mountains and kill each other. Close our border so terrorists can’t come here, then go after the root cause. Go after the money.
Issue drilling and pumping permits to produce oil on leased federal lands which will flood the world market with American oil and depress Saudi incomes.
Declare Saudi Arabia to be a financier of terrorism and seize all Saudi money in American banks.
Pull US troops out of Saudi Arabia to force them to spend their remaining money defending themselves from their own people. If we have any AK’s laying around that we captured in Libya, hand them out to the locals as we’re leaving Saudi Arabia. Regime change on the DIY plan.
We’ve been fighting a War on Terror since 9-11 by going after street-level terrorists. It’s not working. Try something else.