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The Best Way to Protect US Troops in Syria by Ron Paul

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After the US retaliation, another strike by "pro-Iran" forces hit a number of US sites in Syria. It may be just a matter of time before there are more strikes against the 900 US troops based in Syria against Syria's wishes. One US contractor was killed last time. Next time it could be many more Americans.

What's behind the sudden escalation? Fundamental changes in the Middle East over the past month have highlighted how indefensible is the continued US occupation of Syria and Iraq.

Take, for example, the recent historic mending of relations between former arch-enemies Saudi Arabia and Iran which was brokered by Washington's own arch-enemy, China. US policy in the Middle East has long been "divide and conquer," dating back at least to the Iran/Iraq war in the 1980s. US switching sides in that war guaranteed that the maximum amount of blood was spilled and that the simmering hatreds would continue to prevent any kind of lasting peace.

Then the US invaded Iraq twenty years ago and turned Iraq into an Iranian ally. That's neocon foreign policy for you: a 100 percent failure rate.


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