Letter: It’s time for the United States to get out of the Middle East

I object.

 

For more than 30 years, I used this term as a trial lawyer. I retired 26 years ago, and at about the same time I retired as a senior officer in the U.S. military.

After eight years of active duty in the Korean War, I returned home and spent the next 25 years in the reserves, eventually retiring as the fourth-highest-ranked officer in the reserves.

At various times, I served on the National Policy Planning Board and as president of numerous officer promotion boards.

Back to “I object.”

This refers to my attitude toward the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East.

With thousands of casualties and billions of dollars already spent, and with the senior general in the area requesting additional troops, it looks as if we are heading down the path of two prior un-won wars — Korea and Vietnam.

Even military strategists state we are in a stalemate.

What is the solution?

The U.S. needs to stop being the world’s police officer. We have no business getting involved in the religious differences of other cultures that are thousands of years old.

And there is a simple rhyme that applies — get out and stay out.

Let them solve their own problems.

William B. Korth

Amarillo

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