Originally Posted by brokencycle
Why does this keep happening though? Iraq is unpopular, Syria is unpopular, and we have record numbers (at least in the past 20 years) saying they want less foreign involvement. Yet this is one side that almost all Presidential candidates ever agree on. They just turn the argument on who they want to bomb back to the stone age first and how fast they think they can get it done.
Even if someone like Paul is elected i think it will keep happening. Its part of overall US strategy. People think of the american involvement in irak and libya as mistakes but i think theyre part of a carefully laid out plan.
They have effectively ensured the region stays in a direct sunni shiite schism for decades to come.
Iran is now pitted against the sunni states. It will want both to be depleted in years of conflict.
No strong regional superpower and religious conflict = arm sales, israel safety, oil not in the hand of strong sides that can use it for leverage.
Its the western style of policy in the middle east since sykes picot and before. If i wasnt so pissed about them supporting isis and alqaeda id admire how much their plans work.