Matt Towery

Sarah Palin is often criticized for misstatements or controversial comments. Of course, were she a female Democrat with a flamboyant style, she would be labeled "brave" and "courageous" by the press.

And Palin has once again made a bold statement, one I am sure will enrage those who love to stay upset with her. Speaking on the topic of whether the United States should arm Syrian rebels, Palin suggests that we "let Allah sort it out." And if recent history is any indication, Palin is absolutely right.

Our track record of losing American lives in combat or to acts of terrorism by taking sides in nations where religious factions are battling has, on the whole, been less than fruitful. Just consider one of the many headlines this week. A once inconceivable effort by the U.S. government to hold "peace talks" with the Taliban appeared to be on the edge of collapse as the leader of Afghanistan, whose freedom we fought for, complained about the U.S. giving the Taliban legitimacy in meeting with its leaders. Once again, blood and battles leave the U.S. in a no-win situation, trying to play the "father figure" to the world.

It does little good to assert that the Syrian government should be condemned by other major world powers for what appears to be the admittedly deplorable use of chemical weapons against its own people, when Russia chooses to block such a condemnation. Our nation basically has been held hostage by a virtual U.N. Security Council writ large. No matter what effort we have attempted to build as a united coalition of countries against nations where we have deemed there to be weapons of mass destruction or the use of weapons against helpless citizens, those efforts usually have resulted in a hodgepodge of participation with little respect.

But more importantly, our nation is in no position to continue removing one enemy simply to replace that leadership with slightly less hostile yet still anti-American leaders.

It's tempting to get involved in every nation where tyrants reign and people are dying. But we are not the fiscal giant of a country we were in decades past. And our efforts, going all the way back to Jimmy Carter's attempt to stand by a longtime ally, the then Shah of Iran, typically have proved to lay the groundwork for volatile and deepening hatred of Americans. In Carter's case, it was a choice of following U.S. tradition, and he paid dearly for that choice with an ensuing hostage crisis that cost him reelection.

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery