US Constantly Contradicting Self on Syria Policy

It’s truly fascinating to watch the headlines just this past month alone to try and figure out the transaction logic in so many self-contradicting thoughts, and the damage it is doing for perceptions of American leadership:

Dogs of War

  • Terrorist killed by US: “he died like a dog”
  • US dog injured by terrorist: “dog is our hero”

Troops Overseas

  • Middle East policy: “troops must come home and abandon our assets to Russia; won’t fight for something not in our country”
  • Also Middle East policy: “sending more troops than we had there before; must protect oil fields not in our country”

Overseas Deadlines

  • Syrian deployment: “we don’t send troops forever, everyone knew it had to end”
  • Also Syrian deployment: “our troops will be deployed there indefinitely”

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