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WHY IT’S NOT SAFE TO “JUST COME HOME”

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Former Congressman Ron Paul, the eccentric and embarrassing father of a prospective presidential candidate, actually commends President Obama for offering no strategy on combating ISIS. “A lack of strategy is a glimmer of hope,” Ron Paul says. “Here’s a strategy: just come home.” It sounds appealingly simple, but our troubled world is distressingly complex. If Islamic terrorists can seize territory and massacre populations with impunity, no nation in the Middle East is safe, while major countries like Indonesia and India, with substantial Muslim communities, are also threatened. Meanwhile, if big countries like Russia can dismember their weaker neighbors without negative consequences  then other rogue states – like North Korea, or China, or Iran, will be tempted to do the same. In our current sour mood, Americans may not care about defending international norms, but if dangerous, predatory behavior brings rewards and no penalties, we will surely see more of it – to the ultimate peril of our own security

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