How about we get all of our military out of there. Let them blow each other up.
They will be so busy killing each other they won't have the time to bomb us.
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If only that worked...
Here's the problem: you know why we have conventional militaries? Why would we, when cheap, insurgent militias are so much more cost effective? The reason is because with conventional militaries, YOU get to decide where the fighting happens. Fighting will always happen. But right now, we have to power to largely contain it.
Sure, we could leave. Yes, they would fight each other. But they would also fight us. And we would storms of refugees like those now coming from Syria.
You want to know what the REAL solution is? Empower countries like Iran. Our ideology says that we cannot compromise with them. But they are the ONE muslim country in that entire region that is able to control itself and protect itself. Yes, their humans rights record is atrocious by Western standards. But would you rather live there or in Afghanistan? The people in that part of the world are tribals. The only "nations" they recognize, are fuedal systems. They will never recognize a democratic, secular country. The only way to actually control them is through the language that they speak: force.
So yes, we should keep only a quick reaction force there. We cannot solve their problems for them. We don't have the capability. What we should do, is look at what HAS worked in the Middle East, and support that, instead of toppling regime after regime, only to find that the people immediately turn their guns (which we supplied them with) on us.0