President Donald Trump just officially withdrew. Republican lawmakers are now waiting to see what will happen next, along with the rest of Congress. This is a stunning development.
“In recognition of the great progress the Iraqi forces have made and in consultation and coordination with the Government of Iraq and our coalition partners, the United States has decided to reduce our troop presence in Iraq,” said Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie.
He continued by noting that levels would go “from about 5,200 to 3,000 troops during the month of September,” meaning that Iraq will have to adjust to a significant drop in U.S. presence. But it is for the best, given how long we have been there.
America has spent precious blood and treasure since 2003 removing the threat of Saddam Hussein and securing freedom for the Iraqi people. For many years now, the operation has been predominately nation-building and peacekeeping.
However, McKenzie said that the recent decision demonstrates “a continued commitment to the ultimate goal, which is an Iraqi Security Force that is capable of preventing an ISIS resurgence and of securing Iraq’s sovereignty without external assistance.”
Even before President Trump took office, he promised to pursue a foreign policy that puts America first while also upholding our current obligations — and charting a course that will reduce these obligations incrementally. Our troops should be applauded.
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