Maginnis: Trump wise to stay away from war-torn Syria

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Syria war damageAn author and national defense analyst says the U.S. is wise to stay away from Mideast conflicts, including getting involved in war-torn Syria.

During a recent segment on his Fox News show, Tucker Carlson warned that Democrats and some Republicans want the U.S. to return to an interventionist foreign policy if Joe Biden is elected president.

Carlson suggested that a Biden-Harris administration would start a new war in Syria, a war-torn country that has questionable strategic relevance to our national security.

That warning mirrors the “America first” policy of President Trump’s first term. In fact, the Commander in Chief has turned U.S. foreign policy on its head by calling out NATO allies over their meager contributions and by pushing for troops stationed in the Middle East to return home over the objections of Pentagon commanders.   

Bob Maginnis, a senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council, calls the Syria conflict a “quagmire” where the U.S. doesn’t belong.

“Why in the world do we want to go into Syria today? I have no earthly justification but if a Biden presidency thinks that that's a good deal, I want to find out what is so compelling,” Maginnis says. “Is this a pushback against the Russians? Probably would be part of it. Is it a pushback against the Turks? Is it a pushback against the Iranians? Is it worth the additional investment in blood and treasure? I don't think so."

Maginnis

President Trump also wraised eyebrows last month after suggesting that some Pentagon generals want to keep the United States involved in military conflicts to please military contractors. That warning echoed President Dwight Eisenhower, the World War II general, who famously warned about a “military industrial complex” in a 1961 farewell address.

The "revolving door" of U.S. generals being welcomed to a desk at a major military contractor is not news to watchdog groups and Washington, D.C. insiders. 

Maginnis points out that Trump’s accusation was denied by the Army Chief of Staff but tells OneNewsNow there are lucrative contracts and lobbying going on all the time in Washington, D.C.

“Do both sides politically gain from the lobbying effort? Yes, I will say that,” he says. “I think it's in the best interest of the United States that we need to reevaluate where our investment is being made."

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