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Action and imagery in Middle East could be worth it

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By Michael R. Czinkota

President Donald Trump ordered the termination of Major General Quassim Soleimani of Iran in retribution for his terrorist plans and activities. Iran retaliated with a missile strike on Iraqi bases hosting U.S. troops. As a result, President Trump announced new economic sanctions against Tehran. Many now wonder whether the U.S.' involvement is worth it.

But these exchanges are mostly imagery. Our policy planners need to have a vision of how our relationship with the world should be 20 years from now. Future generations should know that our policies, activities, efforts and investments were worth the effort.

At issue is the long-term outcome of these policy measures. Today, if you ask the State Department for travel advice, you will be referred to the "Travel Warnings" website. On it, you will find many admonitions of where not to go and what not to do.

For example, the State Department issued a global security alert Jan. 8 to warn U.S. citizens of heightened tension in the Middle East. Americans are advised to "keep a low profile, avoid demonstrations or large gatherings, be aware of surroundings and stay alert in locations frequented by tourists."

The travel advisory puts Iran on a Level 4: Do Not Travel, which indicates a growing risk of the kidnapping, arrest........

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