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Letter: U.S. needs to withdraw troops from Middle East

U.S. needs to withdraw troops from Middle East

I believe the American people have had their share of protracted war in the Middle East, which is fast approaching 20 years. I maintain that a different mindset should be embraced for this region by our political and military leaders. They must recognize that there are about 1.8 billion Muslims of one sect or another in the Middle East who have been killing each other for over a thousand years. This will not ever be changed by U.S. military intervention because it is enduring sectarian violence that embraces terrorism.

The U.S. has spent about $4.8 trillion fighting in the Mideast from 9/11 to 2016. There is no end in sight. It seems as if we are sending our brave young men and women, and military resources, into a maze from which there is no exit. Therefore, we should leave these countries alone to determine their own destinies, except when and where their carnage is exerted directly on citizens of the United States or its allies.

The United States no longer has to depend on Middle East oil because of the large amount of oil from fracking, and the largely untapped renewable energy from the wind and the sun. It seems the only one who benefits from this never-ending war is the military-industrial complex that President Dwight Eisenhower so sternly warned us about years ago.

Richard Leonard

Orchard Park

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