Let Middle East take care of itself

Editor,

Let’s tread very carefully in the Middle East. We are currently sending 10,000 troops into the Iraq border near Iran. We also have one of our largest aircraft carriers in the Arabian Gulf. Our current national security advisor, John Bolton, hasn’t seen a war he didn’t like. The left mainstream media seems to be clamoring for a war with Iran. They are probably doing this for political reasons. There are a number of four-star generals close to President Trump pushing in this direction as well. Unless Iran is a clear and imminent danger to the USA, we should stay the heck out of the Middle East. Let the countries who are enemies of Iran in that region fight their own wars.

In 1993, George H.W. Bush attacked Iraq to rescue Kuwait, which was really of no consequence to us. Ten years later George W. Bush attacked Iraq again on faulty information of them having weapons of mass destruction. This time our troops went all the way to Baghdad and occupied Iraq for a decade after taking out Saddam Hussein. After all of this, no weapons of mass destruction were ever found.

This war again was of no benefit to us or Iraq. Yes, we did get rid of a tyrant in Saddam Hussein. Regime change was the goal, but this never occurred, as the two main tribes in Iraq, the Sunnis and Shiites, continue to battle each other. Today Iraq is a shattered country with no leader or direction. We lost 4,000 of our soldiers in this war, with many others coming back maimed and injured. This was a totally unnecessary war, wasting human life and billions of dollars.

Do we need history to repeat itself by engaging Iran in a war? Let the Middle East take care of itself. Our biggest security threat is our southern border. A country without borders is not a country. The steady stream of illegals streaming across our southern border is an existential threat to our way of life.

Leon Savenas

St. Joseph