Let foreign countries train their own troops

The talk of “training Syrians” shows how the government refuses to learn past lessons. We’ve been “training” Afghans for 12 years and billions of dollars later, they shoot our troops in the back and join the opposition. The decade of training in Iraq didn’t do much either.

Forget the “security” arrangements and just leave them to figure out how they want to live. We’ve got our own problems to deal with. The assistance our military is giving the Philippines made me feel prouder in one week than the decades of mistakes in the Middle East.

Andrew Halsey