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Secretary Mattis, here’s a roadmap to peace in the Middle East | TheHill

Posted by M. C. Fox on July 30, 2018

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/399187-secretary-mattis-heres-a-roadmap-to-peace-in-the-middle

BY SEN. RAND PAUL (R-KY.)

You see, every time I run into the secretary of Defense, I try my best to make the point that we’ve been at war too long in too many places.

Gen. Mattis, as well as the head of NATOthe head of the UN, and virtually every voice of reason in the foreign policy world, acknowledges that there is no military solution to the unending Afghan War.

For that matter, most agree that there is no military solution to the Syrian civil war or the Yemeni civil war. And yet . . . the same voices that admit there is no military solution keep sending more troops….

For diplomacy to ever work in the Middle East, though, we need to discover what ideas prevent us from finding peace.

First —Islam must police Islam and eliminate terrorists. Only Islam can ultimately eradicate radicals who promote violence against civilians.

Every time a terrorist is killed by an American, 10 more terrorists are inspired. Islam must police Islam. Only when the people who live in the Middle East rise up and say “no more” will the violence be controlled.

Second —there is no military solution to the wars in Syria and Afghanistan. Nor is there a military solution to our conflict with Iran.

Peace in the Middle East will have to invoTo find a diplomatic peace with Iran, negotiators will have to acknowledge upfront that Iran will never negotiate away her ballistic missiles unless the agreement is multilateral and includes equal concessions from Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Sheikdoms, and Israel. Asking Iran to unilaterally disarm is a non-starter.lve diplomacy.

Peace in Syria will have to involve talks at the very least between Russia and the U.S. This is why the multitude in Congress who criticized President Trump’s meeting with President Putin are an obstacle to peace in Syria…

To find a diplomatic peace with Iran, negotiators will have to acknowledge upfront that Iran will never negotiate away her ballistic missiles unless the agreement is multilateral and includes equal concessions from Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Sheikdoms, and Israel. Asking Iran to unilaterally disarm is a non-starter…

Any diplomatic peace in Afghanistan is possible but must acknowledge the status quo on the ground, the historic Afghan aversion to centralized power in Kabul, and the futility of continuing to spend $50 billion a year in Afghanistan, and it will only occur when the U.S. directly negotiates with the Taliban…

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This is US Middle East foreign policy.

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