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Trump to Withdraw Troops From the Middle East


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No matter your views on President Trump, some things he has done need to be talked about. This is one of them. On Dec. 19, 2018, President Trump announced the withdrawal of U.S. troops in Syria. This has caused a backlash from both allies in the Middle East and from our own military. On the other side, there is praise from some.

First of all, the backlash. Trump has managed to get backlash from both allies and the Pentagon. After the announcement of the withdrawal, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced his resignation. “Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position,” Mattis said in his resignation letter. Mattis did not see “eye to eye” with Trump on the withdrawal from Syria. Along with Mattis are the Kurdish people. With the withdrawal, we will be leaving the Kurds to fight their fight alone and without any help.

Now, the praise. Many people in the U.S. are completely okay with Trump’s decision to withdraw. Along with our very own citizens, Vladimir Putin and the President of Iran are in support of this move. Russia has a strong presence in Syria and is only growing ever stronger. The withdrawal could mean avoiding a potential war with Russia.

In the end, Trump’s decision isn’t changing. His mind is set and there is no changing it. The withdrawal could be a mistake and cost us later, or it could turn for the better. Right now, our troops have 2 months to move out of the area. The war on ISIS may very well be over.

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