Trump to Pull U.S. Troops Out of Syria – The New American, 2018/12/19
The “victory” declared by President Trump was against the Islamic State, often referred to as ISIS. Significantly, Trump did not include regime change, with the goal of ousting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power, as any part of the American military deployment in the country, declaring the defeat of ISIS as “my only reason for being there during the Trump presidency.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained the move in a statement, saying that the United States had defeated the Islamic “caliphate” in Syria. “We have started returning United States troops home as we transition to the next phase of this campaign. The United States and our allies stand ready to re-engage at all levels to defend American interests whenever necessary.”
Opponents of Trump’s move raised concerns that withdrawal could lead to a resurgence of the militant ISIS. Nicholas Heras of the Center for a New American Security said, “The decision, even before ISIS is defeated on the battlefield, is tempting a massive resurgence of ISIS by the end of this year.” It also appeared to contradict the message of Trump’s secretary of defense, Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis, who told reporters as recently as September, “Getting rid of the caliphate doesn’t mean you then blindly say okay, we got rid of it, march out, and then wonder why the caliphate comes back.”
The truth is that ISIS-types will always be around, especially in that region of the world. They are born and bred to believe what they believe and cause chaos and destruction. So there is no right answer here.
If nothing else, this is a great Christmas gift for the troops that can come home and be with their families. Congrats to them on a job well done.