CNN, the 24/7 Hate Trump Network, editorializes that “a US withdrawal of ground forces would fulfill a major goal of Syria, Iran and Russia and risks diminishing US influence in the region.” Ah yes, it’s all part of the vast Russian conspiracy.
Back in the real world, however, the idea that influence can only be had by means of having troops on the ground is ridiculous on its face.
And the idea that the U.S. must forever have troops invested in areas with no endpoint, no plan for victory, no clear goal — that just saps the nation’s resources and produces no good result.
Trump is right: the Islamic State has been defeated, although it still has forces there and could experience a resurgence — in which case the situation would have to be reevaluated.
Still, on January 19, 2017, it looked as if it was going to be occupying a large portion of Syria for decades, if not generations, to come.
Now, its power there has been immensely diminished.
It’s time to bring the troops home.
“Trump orders rapid withdrawal from Syria in an apparent reversal,” by Barbara Starr and Ryan Browne, CNN, December 19, 2018:
Washington (CNN)Planning is underway for a “full” and “rapid” withdrawal of US troops from Syria, a US defense official told CNN Wednesday.
The decision, which would be a reversal from previously stated US policy, was made by President Donald Trump, who has long signaled his desire to get out of Syria, the official added.
On Wednesday morning, the President tweeted, “we have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.”
Even though the US will continue to maintain troops in Iraq with the capability of launching strikes into Syria, a US withdrawal of ground forces would fulfill a major goal of Syria, Iran and Russia and risks diminishing US influence in the region.
The US has about 2,000 troops on the ground in the country, where they are primarily training local forces to combat ISIS. The US-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have had some recent success against the terror group and are on the cusp of capturing the last major town held by ISIS east of the Euphrates….
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