Are All the World’s Problems Ours?

Are All the World's Problems Ours?
Are All the World's Problems Ours?

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- In 2003, George W. Bush took us to war to liberate Iraq from the despotism of Saddam Hussein and convert that nation into a beacon of freedom and prosperity in the Middle East.

Tuesday, Mike Pompeo flew clandestinely into Baghdad, met with the prime minister and flew out in four hours. The visit was kept secret, to prevent an attack on the Americans or the secretary of state.

Query: How successful was Operation Iraqi Freedom, which cost 4,500 U.S. lives, 40,000 wounded and $1 trillion, if, 15 years after our victory, our secretary of state must, for his own security, sneak into the Iraqi capital?

Topic of discussion between Pompeo and the prime minister:

In the event of a U.S. war with Iran, Iraqis would ensure the protection of the 5,000 U.S. troops in country, from the scores of thousands of Iranian-trained and Iranian-armed Shiite militia.

That prospect, of war between the U.S. and Iran, had been raised by Pompeo and John Bolton on Sunday, when the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier task force and a squadron of U.S. bombers were ordered into the Middle East after we received reports Iran was about to attack U.S. forces.

The attack did not happen. But on Thursday, Tehran gave 60 days' notice that if it does not get relief from severe U.S. sanctions, it may walk out of the nuclear deal it signed in 2015 and start enriching uranium again to a level closer to weapons grade.

The countdown to a June confrontation with Iran has begun.

Wednesday, North Korea's Kim Jong Un, for the second time in a week, test-fired two missiles, 260 miles, into the Sea of Japan.

Purpose: To signal Washington that Kim's patience is running out.

Kim rejects the U.S. demand that he surrender all nuclear weapons and dismantle the facilities that produce them before any sanctions are lifted. He wants sanctions relief to go hand in hand with disposal of his arsenal. Few believe Kim will surrender all of his nukes or his ability to replicate them.

The clash with Kim comes days after the failed U.S.-backed coup in Caracas, which was followed by Pompeo-Bolton threats of military intervention in Venezuela, a country 100 times the size of Puerto Rico with 10 times the population and a large well-equipped army.

This week also, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford told Congress that the U.S. will have to keep counter-terrorism forces in Afghanistan “until there is no insurgency left in the country.”

Which sounds like forever, as in “forever war.”

Before flying to Baghdad, Pompeo was in Finland. There, he warned the eight-nation Arctic Council about Russian aggression in the region, suggested China's claim to be a “near-Arctic” nation was absurd, and told Canada's its claim to the Northwest Passage was “illegitimate.”

Our Canadian friends were stunned. “Those waterways are part of the internal waters of Canada,” said the government in Ottawa.

After an exhausting two weeks, one is tempted to ask: How many quarrels, clashes and conflicts can even a superpower manage at one time? And is it not time for the United States, preoccupied with so many crises, to begin asking, “Why is this our problem?”

Perhaps the most serious issue is North Korea's quest for nuclear-armed missiles that can reach the United States. But the reason Kim is developing missiles that can strike Seattle or LA is that 28,000 U.S. troops are in South Korea, committed to attack the North should war break out. That treaty commitment dates to a Korean War that ended in an armed truce 66 years ago.

If we cannot persuade Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons in return for a lifting of sanctions, perhaps we should pull U.S. forces off the peninsula and let China deal with the possible acquisition of their own nuclear weapons by Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

Iran has no nukes or ICBMs. It wants no war with us. It does not threaten us. Why is Iran then our problem to solve rather than a problem for Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States and the Sunni Arabs?

Nor does Russia's annexation of Crimea threaten us. When Ronald Reagan strolled through Red Square with Mikhail Gorbachev in 1988, all of Ukraine was ruled by Moscow.

The Venezuelan regime of Nicolas Maduro was established decades ago by his mentor, Hugo Chavez. When did that regime become so grave a threat that the U.S. should consider an invasion to remove it?

During the uprising in Caracas, Bolton cited the Monroe Doctrine of 1823. But according to President James Monroe, and Mike Pompeo's predecessor John Quincy Adams, who wrote the message to Congress, under the Doctrine, while European powers were to keep their hands off our hemisphere — we would reciprocate and stay out of Europe's quarrels and wars.

Wise folks, those Founding Fathers.


About Patrick J. Buchanan

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Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

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    Basically, what I see this article is saying is that the democrats better get off their whip Trump program and start doing the job we sent them to Washington for. It may take working together to clean up these hotspots and get our act together. These other countries see, hear and know the mess in DC is something they can work on and cause the divide to get even bigger. Polosi, Nadler and all the democrats running for president need to see the urgency in all this and stop the playground antics. The next attack on us could be because… Read more »

    Chris
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    Chris

    What people fail to realize is the only thing that happened in 1781 was that the British empire changed names. Imperialism and loss of freedoms have continued ever since.

    David
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    David

    Pat’s brand of isolationism makes one think that he is putting his head into the sand rather than looking at the geo-political landscape with non-jaundiced eyes. Isolationism did not work for our country in the run up to WWII, it didn’t work for England when Neville Chamberlain proclaimed “Peace in our time!,” so while I may inwardly agree that Pat may argue a valid opinion about keeping our troops out of “unnecessary conflicts,” when a nation does not prepare for a worst-case scenario, it will will reap the whirlwind.

    “Si vis pacem, para bellum.”

    TheHolyCrow
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    TheHolyCrow

    @David….,
    Yeah, and I’ll bet you are an Israeli Firster ! Iran hasn’t attacked anyone in hundreds of years, quite contrary to the Fake Jew Khazars who have infested Palestine and the US State Dept. But just keep poking her and see how long that patience lasts. Ggo fight your own wars if you are so intent on always pissing off your neighbors. You Khazars, who make up 90% of you so called Jews in Palestine, belong in the Ukraine, or Poland. Take a hike ! Go whine some place else.

    David
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    David

    Try again. Israeli? LMAO. Mankind is inherently flawed and violent. The fact that you decided to move toward an ad hominem attack speaks volumes.

    Clive Edwards
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    Clive Edwards

    Buchanan is one of the few sane people in the U.S. Unfortunately for his political aspirations, he doesn’t foam at the mouth and spew spittle laced vitriol like the Bolton and and that Pompous Dude.

    willy d
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    willy d

    Phil in Texas; right on this read out; But face this and think on it, George Jr didn’t think George Sr went far enough on the first War, Saddam was the pressure valve in the middle east, he was a tyrant yes, he also was a great one for rattling sabers, but he kept the terrorists at bay in his country, now they have full freedom to make their training camps, We as Americans do have a tendency to put our noses in where they shouldn’t be at times, we are sometimes just to stupid to see it!!! We should… Read more »

    Docduracoat
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    Docduracoat

    I disagree with this entire article.
    Patric Buchanan’s articles are always completely wrong.
    You could make an argument for getting out of Afghanistan and even the Middle East.
    Are you really going to pull ALL our troops out of Asia to the U.S. and leave the world to the tender mercies of China and Iran?
    I think even Buchanan would not like that world

    Shotgun Willie
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    Shotgun Willie

    The US should simply destroy anyone who foolishly raises their weapons against us. If we had simply turned all of the middle east into a nuclear waste land then we could just go and pump the oil out in bio suits and send it home. No more war- if they want to fight then wipe them from the face of the earth and then they won’t be a new problem 20 years later. These Third world countries don’t fear the USA enough! Bomb the hell out of them- make an example of someone and we’ll see if the fuck fuckery… Read more »

    TheHolyCrow
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    TheHolyCrow

    According to THE LAMP, which is a publication put out by EXXON, the USA gets only 14% of our oil from the Middle East. And that was before the Khazars and the Mossad lifted the Bush Family up in the air and showed them the oil fields of Iraq, and said “this can all be yours if you just bend down and kiss my ever loving arse”. (Unlike Jesus in the desert, they took the bait). Now, instead of that outdated 12 inch pipeline going from Kirkuk to Haifa, we now have H1, H2, and H3. Each one is a… Read more »

    Vernon Kuhns
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    Vernon Kuhns

    As technology continues to shrink the world, Yes, more and more of the world’s problems are ours also.

    Ron
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    Ron

    Another great article Mr. Buchanan. Perpetual war for perpetual peace.
    Bring our troops home. Let the others (Israel included) sink or swim.
    Enough of the sabre rattlers. The military complex is way to big for it’s britches.

    William Quire
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    William Quire

    In some of these cases it goes a lot further than that there are more than just a few of these countfys that would like nothing more than to see us gone as in completely destroyed not to say oil does not have a role in it one can not put aside self preservation. Just my two cents

    Tom
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    Tom

    It’s all about the oil.

    Phil in TX
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    Phil in TX

    Not any more. We are now an exporter of oil more than an importer. We no longer need oil from the middle east to keep our economy going. We weren’t in Iraq for the oil, regardless of what the lying DemocRATS tell you. President George H.W. Bush said it very plainly: “This aggression will not stand!” We made a pretty big mistake taking out Saddam, there was no strongman to take over keeping the Shiite muslims in check. Iran is a threat to the entire middle east region and needs to be dealt with as to controlling their aggression. If… Read more »

    Roy D.
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    Roy D.

    Pat Buchanan is an intelligent person but he does not speak the truth. One example is this paragraph: “The attack did not happen. But on Thursday, Tehran gave 60 days’ notice that if it does not get relief from severe U.S. sanctions, it may walk out of the nuclear deal it signed in 2015 and start enriching uranium again to a level closer to weapons grade.” No one said the attack would happen in a day or a week or even a month; just that they were planning an attack in the near future. Movement of those forces was prudent… Read more »

    Roy D.
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    Roy D.

    This should have been a stand alone comment and not associated with Phil’s comment.

    TheHolyCrow
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    TheHolyCrow

    Who we have to worry about in the Middle East is the nuclear armed Nutty Yahoo and his Likud Party, who refuse to sign the non proliferation treaty. And they refuse to let in inspectors lately. They have threatened verbally and in print all the nations of the world with their SAMSON OPTION. Which means if you don’t kiss their arses, then they will nuke you. And most likely make it look like someone else did it. You can expect them to blow up a US city, since they feel like they got away with 911, and use their Mighty… Read more »