People on both the left and the right are questioning why we are involved with the wars in the Middle East. Listening to SiriusXM Progressive radio today, for example, the left-leaning radio hosts like Thom Hartmann are taking the view that we have no responsibility in the Middle East wars. The people of Syria or Iraq or Turkey have to assume responsibility, they argue. We can’t afford it. We can’t allow ourselves to be sucked into another quagmire and so on.
The right — well, the opinions from the right are irrelevant as they are entirely political and unhelpful — so think what you will about them. But the right is certainly culpable — indeed most culpable — and largely responsible for the chaos in the Middle East today.
The United States has meddled in Middle East affairs for decades in order to advance and protect its selfish interests. However, the seeds for today’s horror in the Middle East begins with the Iraq War which destabilized the region and radicalized millions. The Bush Administration and its war cabinet — Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz et al — have so much to answer for.
Absolutely nothing about that war has made the United States or the world more secure. Nothing. We are living in the legacy of that war today and likely will for decades to come.
Destroying countries and the lives of millions is not a way to make friends and gain peace.
We have responsibility in the Middle East because we broke it, that’s why. Running away from it won’t make up for our mistakes. It won’t protect us from them either.