All for this:
On Monday, the U.S. special representative for Syria engagement publicly pledged that the U.S. commitment to Syria would not waiver. The very next day, Trump reportedly decided to rapidly withdraw all U.S. troops there. Trump appears to be discarding his entire Syria and Iran strategy at a single stroke, giving up any and all U.S. influence in the region — and disregarding the advice of his top national security officials.
If he follows through, Trump’s decision will have devastating and dangerous consequences for the United States, the region and the Syrian people.
Trump seemed to confirm over Twitter on Wednesday reports that he has instructed the Pentagon to plan for the rapid withdrawal of some 2,000 U.S. forces from Syria’s northeast, which was recently liberated from Islamic State rule.
Throw in Afghanistan and let’s bring them all home. Obviously, Tom Cotton and Lindsey Graham will be apoplectic about this, and I’m sure the Likuds will hate it, but I am supportive of us unentangling ourselves from a variety of places. I’ll let Adam handle the geopolitical repercussions, if any, although I am sure they will be far less dramatic than what the hysterics will claim.
And of course, this being Trump, there is no doubt in my mind that this will happen in the most destructive manner possible, if it happens, but the simple fact of the matter is we’ve had several years and no one has been able to dictate a coherent reason for being there, objectives that should we achieve them we will draw down, or any clear mission. Same for Afghanistan, just add 15 years.
So, whatever. Bring them home.