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Suppose we went ahead and struck Iran, do you think Israel should work with us as a partner? Can we have Israel strike Syria and Lebanon to make sure that it keeps them busy while we fight the Iranians? It’s our only solid ally in that region right?
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That is what I believe all along.

USA has the shortest history amongst all world's great powers, yet we have so many to learn from. But we choose to ignore every chapter in the history book. Our demise is our own doing, we have no one to blame but ourselves.

Those who often said "if we don't fight them there, we will fight them here" have no inkling that the fight here started a while back. Very few people can see the forest and the trees.

Thanks FTL.
It has nothing to do with not learning the lessons of the past. They are taught in the Academies, they are taught in War College and they are taught as you move through Officer training. The problem is Ego and Hubris. Each generation seems to present a group of A personality Officers who always think that they are much smarter and better than the smartest and best of the previous generation. These guys used to drive me crazy with their “always smarter than…” arrogance.

I once asked one of the guys at a War College debate what he thought his edge was to win. He flat out told me it was his SAT, IQ and experience. I stood up and ask how many others in the room [40+] also hit the 99 percentile and nearly everyone in the room stood up. He seemed shocked. He had never considered that everyone else that got to where he was also had to go through the same hoops and achieve the same standards, just to get into the room. Unfortunately it is those A personality types that competitively rise in the ranks and get in decision making roles. Ego and Hubris.

As for the "if we don't fight them there, we will fight them here", that is team building material for the guys on the ground. It is how leadership gets folks motivated to go out every day. They keep hearing it and finally believe it.

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Suppose we went ahead and struck Iran, do you think Israel should work with us as a partner? Can we have Israel strike Syria and Lebanon to make sure that it keeps them busy while we fight the Iranians? It’s our only solid ally in that region right?
You simply ignorant of neo-cn genius. We will deal with Iran by invading Indonesia.
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