Speculation? Second guessing? Accusations of Trump being a neocon, a warmonger? Even some daring to compare him to Hitler? Take a hard look at the cost of freedom. 10,000 of our own were lost at Normandy. We fought to annihilate a dire threat, to prevent it from ever being posed again. To decisively end it.
We didn’t fight to satisfy a “status quo”, to “win hearts and minds”, or be culturally correct. Our troops were not hamstrung by fallacious, self destructive “rules of engagement”.
If we retained that mindset, and not cow towed to the U.N. in 1950, Korea would have been made a free country. That “police action” cost us 33,600 killed in action. More than 8,100 are still missing. Exact statistics vary with different sources; from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_casualties_of_war
The threats we face today do not deserve one drop of American blood, for the sake of a “status quo”. War is a last resort; and only when there is a clear, direct threat to us. Moreover, this enemy will use any means to win; there are no clear battle lines, their guerilla tactics call for an entirely different approach. Any of them, age notwithstanding can be a combatant. When not warring with us, they are at war with themselves. They seek to destroy our culture and replace it with theirs. We shouldn’t be drawn into Syria, or other middle east involvement. We’ve lost too many of our own, and spent too much.