Removing 2,000 U.S. troops out of Syria is being hotly debated on the political right. Here is Gary Bauer, no isolationist or RINO, weighing in:
President Trump stunned observers around the world when he announced the withdrawal of all 2,000 American troops from Syria Wednesday. Predictably, the move was met with much wailing and gnashing of teeth by the Washington establishment, including some on the right.
Critics on both sides of the aisle are framing the decision as a win for Russia and Iran. But I’d like to do quick reality check.
America’s commitment of 2,000 troops pales in comparison to the estimated 80,000 extremists in Syria controlled by Iran, or the more than 60,000 troops Russia has circulated through Syria. Even the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah has between seven and ten thousand fighters in Syria.
What about the claims that Trump’s decision is a victory for Russia and Iran? Well, that would be the same Russia that the Trump Administration has sanctioned numerous times, including yet again Wednesday!
As for Iran, Trump cancelled Barack Obama’s nuclear deal that gave the mullahs at least $100 billion in sanctions relief. And he has re-imposed tough sanctions that are crippling Iran’s economy.
Over the last two years, Trump has increased America’s military budget to record levels. And under President Trump’s leadership, our military was unshackled from Obama-era rules of engagement. As a result, the ISIS caliphate has been crushed, and Trump has gotten NATO countries to agree to increase their defense budgets for the first time in years.
I firmly believe that the U.S. must remain engaged in the world. But like many Americans, I’m also tired of no-win, endless wars. If we’re going to ask our young men and women in uniform to risk their lives overseas, it should be for a cause that’s not only just, but also winnable.
Donald Trump pledged during the 2016 presidential campaign that the United States would no longer be involved in unwinnable wars. And he’s following through on that pledge. In a series of tweets yesterday, he explained the decision to leave Syria. Here’s what he wrote…
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