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Tango0102 Jan 2019 9:20 p.m. PST

"Pres. Donald Trump announced on Dec. 19, 2018 that U.S. military forces would withdraw from Syria. The decision was justified, according to the president, by the defeat of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which is down to only a couple thousand combatants at most and possesses only a small swath of territory.

"Our boys, our young women, our men, they're all coming back and they're coming back now," Trump said later that evening. "We won, and that's the way we want it."

The announcement came as a surprise to most, however, and drew criticism from both parties, the media, the military, intelligence and foreign policy communities. It apparently contributed to Secretary of Defense James Mattis' surprise resignation two days after Trump's announcement…."
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Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2019 10:03 p.m. PST

No point to the mess created by the previous administration. We declare victory and leave and save American lives. thumbs up

Zephyr102 Jan 2019 10:23 p.m. PST

You don't leave your Special Forces in there to be an occupation force (not their job), and you get them out before they get caught in the crossfire between other powers in the region. Plus, you can always send them back in if need be…

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2019 12:45 a.m. PST

What is the overwhelming strategic need for our country to be there?

I contend there really isn't one, and that pulling out is the correct move, though naysayers are piling on just to be contrary.

Funny how fickle they are about that, depending upon who is in power.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2019 8:42 a.m. PST

+1 Thresher. Funny how some folks want to be in Syria all of a sudden.

john snelling03 Jan 2019 10:35 a.m. PST

Out of Syria, out of Nato and out of Japan. It seems if we go there we never leave. America should stop spending money and shedding our blood for foreign interventions. Macron criticized our pull out of Syria, he should send French troops there to replace ours.

Choctaw03 Jan 2019 10:42 a.m. PST

Totally agree with John Snelling. There are a number of places in the world we no longer need to fight for.

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2019 2:52 p.m. PST

The main issue, to my mind, is that Congress has abdicated its responsibility to declare war. The Founders made them responsible for this so they would have to look their constituents in the eye and say "Yes, this was so important your kid had to die for it." If they're not comfortable doing that, they damn well shouldn't put those kids in harm's way.

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