Trump Changes Position on Syria Troops. Again.

Trump Changes Position on Syria Troops. Again. March 6, 2019

If there is anything remotely coherent to Trump’s foreign policy, no one has yet managed to discover it. After declaring that all of our troops would be coming home immediately from Syria, he has now changed positions and says he agrees “100%” that we should leave a residual force behind.

Two months after declaring all U.S. troops are leaving Syria, President Donald Trump wrote to members of Congress that he now agrees “100%” with keeping a military presence in Syria.

A bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives wrote to Trump on Feb. 22, applauding his decision to keep a small residual force in Syria…

“I agree 100%. ALL is being done,” President Trump responded, writing directly on the letter and signing it.

Since before he took office, Trump has promised to end the fight against the Islamic State, criticizing the cost to the U.S. in both blood and treasure. In a video message on Twitter posted Dec. 19, 2018, the president said: “Our boys, our young women, our men, they’re all coming back and they’re coming back now. We won.”

Trump never has any real strategy, he does everything by the seat of his pants. He’s said many times that he has unfailing trust in his “gut instincts,” but those instincts often send him careening from one position to another. He never acknowledges the change in position, of course, he just lashes out at the media for reporting that he has changed his position. The man should not be running the third-shift drive-thru window at a Jack in the Box restaurant, much less a country.

And I’m not sure what a small residual force would be. We only have 2000 troops there to begin with, hardly enough to do anything more than advise those groups fighting ISIS and perhaps carry out some special ops.


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