The lesson we should learn from Afghanistan and Iraq is that any military intervention in the middle east involves ongoing occupation. Both "wars" were sold as short term actions, but the reality is that there are no short term actions, only long term consequences.
I think it is interesting to see articles suggesting that Bannon might split the Republican party. What Republicans need to do is recognize that Trump et. are not Republicans and have hijacked their party. I think they need a mid-term convention to take back their platform.