"The United States cannot continue to be the policeman of the world"

"Donald Trump has been complaining for years about the promiscuous use of American military personnel. Two weeks ago, he did something about it, announcing the withdrawal of 2,000 troops from Syria and 7,000 from Afghanistan"

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump

Does the USA want to be the Policeman of the Middle East, getting NOTHING but spending precious lives and trillions of dollars protecting others who, in almost all cases, do not appreciate what we are doing? Do we want to be there forever? Time for others to finally fight.....

....Russia, Iran, Syria & many others are not happy about the U.S. leaving, despite what the Fake News says, because now they will have to fight ISIS and others, who they hate, without us. I am building by far the most powerful military in the world. ISIS hits us they are doomed!

(Excerpt)  "We're spread out all over the world. We're in countries that most people have never even heard about, and frankly, it's ridiculous," Trump said during his visit to Iraq last week.

Even such ardent interventionists as Sen. Lindsey Graham .. have trouble keeping track of the country's military operations. "I didn't know there was 1,000 troops in Niger," Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, confessed after four American soldiers were killed there in October 2017.

With U.S. troops deployed in more than 150 countries, perhaps Graham can be forgiven for overlooking a few. Hawks such as Graham assume all those deployments -- even the ones they don't know about -- are justified. Trump argues that at least some of them are not. Which seems likelier to be true?

New York Times reporter Mark Landler said the abruptness of Trump's decisions regarding Syria and Afghanistan "unite the left and right against a plan to extract the United States from two long, costly and increasingly futile conflicts." Although there are strong arguments for withdrawing from both places, Landler wrote, "the president's move short-circuited what many say is a much-needed national debate about the future of America's wars."

Nonsense. We are having that debate now, and it is long overdue.

 By Jacob Sullum - Read it all @ Trump's Right  


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