Colonel (ret.) Douglas Macgregor was on Tucker Carlson's show last night. He is a smart man. Tucker is a smart man. Carlson's show is an outpost of sanity in a neocon run US foreign policy establishment (the Borg). Carlson deserves the ratings he gets. I hope those will insulate him from the trepidation that his honesty must inspire in the Murdoch brothers. The rest of Foxnews is much like a clown car show with the clowns clamoring for the approbation of the White House in their eagerness for a neocon war of conquest in the ME. Some people never learn. the last 20 years of disaster in the face of Islamic resistance to Western cultural imperialism have taught them nothing.
Trump started his term as an empty headed business hustler eager to make deals wherever he could and who correctly did not see much of anything to be gained by fighting endlessly all over the Islamic World to impose Israel's 1% policy of eliminating all possible threats from the Muslims.
Trump offered Iran peace negotiations in his post Iran strike speech? No. He did not. He once again offered them the opportunity to surrender to Israeli demands relayed to them by the US.
Now, he is transformed into just another neocon, in fact the neocon in chief. His foreign policy team is run by neocons and bootlickers who fear Pompeo's scorn. The Defense part of that team is dominated by the Pompous one and his West Point classmate Esper at DoD. General Milley and the other present chiefs of staff are carefully chosen to eliminate the possibility of "push-back" from the military. I retract anything bad I ever said about Joe Dunford. I wish he were still here.
Trump is following the neocon/Ziocon line now. He evidently believes any silly thing they tell him. I understand that he has said that Soleimani was engaged in beheading Christians. Well, pilgrims, if you look below about three posts you will see a video of Soleimani and al-Muhandis being mourned by Christian clergy and congregations in Aleppo. Of course, you actually have to understand some Arabic to get that from the video. These Christians mourn these men as being among those who came to fight the Sunni jihadis at Aleppo.
Macgregor rightly understands that there is no there, there for the USA in the Middle East and Central Asia. He correctly understands that to try to sort out all the intra-regional ethnic and sectarian rivalries is a fool's errand. He correctly advocates complete withdrawal from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan as does Tulsi Gabbard who was on the same show.
What Macgregor got wrong is that he wants to remain engaged in; Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the GCC generally. Well, Doug, there is no there, there either. There is no Soviet threat. The USA is a net oil and gas exporter. The Iranians have enemies and quarrels with the Saudis and the Israelis, but, so what? We are not Israelis. Neither are we Saudis.
You want to stay engaged in Yemen? the country is full of nasty little hill men who live to fight. This is a Saudi problem.
Let all the crazed creatures of that part of the world fight it out. along the way they will come to muddled partial solutions that will last until the next round of hostility begins. Tant pis pour eux. pl