President Trump’s desire to pull US troops out of Syria is based on the flawed belief that the fight against ISIS has been won. However, this is not the case, argues Robin Wright of The New Yorker. Leaving now risks the caliphate emerging again. It currently has around 3,000 fighters available and would benefit from US troops leaving. The power vacuum could benefit other entities, from Hezbollah to Russia. It could prove to mirror the mistake of leaving Iraq too early, without engaging in the proper nation building that ensures stability. America’s national interests are best served staying in Syria and preventing the rise of terrorists.
America’s longstanding involvement in the Middle East has been nothing but wasteful and costly for the US. President Trump is right to seek a way out, infers Jeffrey D. Sachs of The Boston Globe. The international desire for regime change in places like Syria does not guarantee increased regional safety and could end like past efforts to do the same. Iraq and Libya stand out. Participating in Syria’s civil war brought nothing positive, creating a wave of refugees and resulting in Assad staying in power and close to Iran and Russia. The American foreign policy establishment is wrong to call for more needlessly costly involvement.