After 20 years of a military presence in the Middle East, Sen. Mitt Romney believes “conditions for withdrawal have not been met.”
Several defense experts lauded the Trump administration’s lame-duck decision to proceed with troop draw-downs in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying more should be done.
‘We were always playing shell games to not make clear to our leadership how many troops we had there,’ James Jeffrey said in an interview.
Instead of playing politics, Washington must realize that risking the lives of American forces in a gamble to reduce Iranian influence in Iraq isn’t worth it and may be self-defeating.
Chinese activity beyond its borders does not inherently threaten America. The twin narratives of Trump ‘abandoning’ the Middle East and any Chinese presence as a threat to America are false.
If Trump is serious about his call to change course on military intervention, he should actually bring troops home — and if he’s concerned about pushback, Yemen is the perfect place to start.
After 18 years, thousands of casualties, and a price tag that could be as high as $1 trillion, the United States has done all it can in Afghanistan. Instead of finding excuses to stay, it’s time to come home.
As the divide between military families and civilians grows, here are some things non-military folks should understand.
Why did the Times poison its own story about the effects on U.S. soldiers of huge weapons stashes we found in Iraq?
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