A rather rare realpolitik take on this loaded issue by ⁦⁦@CGPdc

America’s Global Retreat and the Ensuing Strategic Vacuum cgpolicy.org/reports/americ…
“Hegemony is untenable if the United States does not maintain a healthy and robust social compact, which predicates an active foreign policy.”
“The current strategy does, however, note that U.S. security challenges and interests in the Middle East are far too many to expect success on all fronts. A little realism never hurt anyone.”
“‘Endless wars’ may blunt the American voters’ commitment to supporting the troops, create costly foreign policy endeavors, and lead to hasty disengagements with unpredicable consequences to the global security system.”
“Weakening Assad’s position meant chaos and lawless zones, creating more space for extremists like ISIS. It was in the US interest that the Assad regime not collapse. The United States could not do business with the Syrian government for obvious reasons, but Russia could.”
“This is the ultimate tragedy of great power politics: The hegemon can
never rest on its laurels, nor can it expect to remain unchallenged.”
“No nation should maintain global influence out of vanity, but losing one’s status may become costlier, messier, and bloodier than readjusting that global presence to fit 21st-century interests and threats.”

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