Trump’s ISIS Plan: Another US Invasion?

By Ron Paul, The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,

Just over a week into the Trump Administration, the President issued an Executive Order giving Defense Secretary James Mattis 30 days to come up with a plan to defeat ISIS. According to the Order, the plan should make recommendations on military actions, diplomatic actions, partners, strategies, and how to pay for the operation.

As we approach the president’s deadline it looks like the military is going to present Trump with a plan to do a whole lot more of what we’ve been doing and somehow expect different results. Proving the old saying that when all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail, we are hearing increasing reports that the military will recommend sending thousands of US troops into Syria and Iraq.

This would be a significant escalation in both countries, as currently there are about 5,000 US troops still fighting our 13-year war in Iraq, and some 500 special forces soldiers operating in Syria.

The current Syria ceasefire, brokered without US involvement at the end of 2016, is producing positive results and the opposing groups are talking with each other under Russian and Iranian sponsorship. Does anyone think sending thousands of US troops into a situation that is already being resolved without us is a good idea?

In language reminiscent of his plans to build a wall on the Mexican border, the president told a political rally in Florida over the weekend that he was going to set up “safe zones” in Syria and would make the Gulf States pay for them. There are several problems with this plan.

First, any “safe zone” set up inside Syria, especially if protected by US troops, would amount to a massive US invasion of the country unless the Assad government approves them. Does President Trump want to begin his presidency with an illegal invasion of a sovereign country?

Second, there is the little problem of the Russians, who are partners with the Assad government in its efforts to rid the country of ISIS and al-Qaeda. ISIS is already losing territory on a daily basis. Is President Trump willing to risk a military escalation with Russia to protect armed regime-change forces in Syria?

Third, the Gulf States are the major backers of al-Qaeda and ISIS in Syria – as the president’s own recently-resigned National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, revealed in a 2015 interview. Unless these safe zones are being set up to keep al-Qaeda and ISIS safe, it doesn’t make any sense to involve the Gulf States.

Many will say we should not be surprised at these latest moves. As a candidate, Trump vowed to defeat ISIS once and for all. However, does anyone really believe that continuing the same strategy we have followed for the past 16 years will produce different results this time? If what you are hammering is not a nail, will hammering it harder get it nailed in?

Washington cannot handle the truth: solving the ISIS problem must involve a whole lot less US activity in the Middle East, not a whole lot more. Until that is understood, we will continue to waste trillions of dollars and untold lives in a losing endeavor.

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  • unheilig

    Depressing but the cold truth. It seems as though Trump is surrounding himself with military to insulate himself against the three-letters, but this sort of ill-thought-out nonsense is exactly what you’d expect the generals to come up with. No imagination and no real grasp of modern realities.

  • Nexusfast123

    The US is a big elephant with a very small brain blundering into poorly planned calamity after calamity.


    So sad that we never got to have Ron Paul as our president. He was our last chance to fix our country and would have prevented the worse mess we are now in.

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  • wehaveseenthisb4

    WW II style invasions are very expensive, therefore we do WW II style invasions. Answers the procurement and never ending problem requirements of the Pentagon and MIC. Farce.

  • K. Chris C.

    The Khazarian “think-tank,” the Brookings Institution, published a document in 2006, “Which Path to Persia.” It is reminiscent of PNAC’s “new Pearl Harbor” screed before the 9/11 treason.

    “Which Path to Persia” lays out strategies the Khazarian fifth-column may use to manipulate the American people to once again put up their children as cannon fodder for “Greater Israel.” I.e. Israeli hegemony over the Middle East.

    One such strategy highlighted is the use of a fake deal with Iran that can then be slowly undermined with propaganda about Iran’s adherence to it. Also mentioned is the utilization of a false-flag event.

    The Trump puppet is just another Bush Jr.–A tool and front for the next war for “Greater Israel,” this time with Iran.

    Expect soon the return of the Dancing Mossad: “The Iran Did It Tour.”

    An American citizen, not US subject.

  • K. Chris C.

    Syria sits astride “Greater Israel,” planned Israeli gas pipeline routes to Europe, abundant water, and a productive agricultural region–Israel’s Lebensraum. Syria is also an ally of Iran, the last stumbling block to Israeli hegemony over the Middle East.

    Israel would already possess Syria but for Russia. Hence the imposed Ukrainian tyranny.

    What ever they have planned for Syria is tempered by their requirement to husband resources for the coming conflagration with Iran.

    An American citizen, not US subject.

  • Jim G

    Trump has flipped on everything that won him the election. Detente with Russia. Can’t do that. Iran, China are now our military enemies and we will contest the South West Pacific with China, who has a security pact with Russia. It isn’t just McCain working towards WWIII, its Trump. Instead, we are allying with ISIS supporters and 911 perps Saudi Arabia and Israel. During the campaign, Don said that he would release section of original report saying Saudi Arabia was a part of the 911 conspiracy. Those who lost family members can sue Saudi Arabia! and now we are allied with them. We’ve been SCAMMMED.

    I’m with the Pauls if not those who want to impeach our new liar in residence.