(ConservativePeak.com)- Continuing his theme of avoiding unnecessary foreign wars, President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he intends to withdraw 2,200 American troops from Iraq and announce a further drawdown in Afghanistan before the end of the week.
President Donald Trump is the first president in several decades not to initiate major military escalations in a foreign nation, choosing instead to use rare and tactical strikes to send a message or defeat existing enemies from the Islamic State.
Central Command Commander General Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. announced this week that the withdrawal will mean only 3,000 American troops will remain in Iraq, following years of presence to handle the ripple effects of Bush’s war in the country. CNN reported that McKenzie said the reduced footprint in Iraq will allow them to continue “advising and assisting” partners in Iraq in “rooting out the final remnants of ISIS” and “ensuring its enduring defeat.”
“Over the last seven or eight months, we have had to devote resources to self-protection that we would otherwise devote for the counter-ISIS fight and we’ve had to pull back and our partners have had to pull back,” McKenzie told the press. “At the same time we’ve done things to harden our positions to make it more difficult for Iran to attack us in Iraq – but it has had an effect.”
The upcoming announcement about withdrawing troops in Iraq could potentially be even more dramatic than originally anticipated and will prove difficult for the Democrats to disagree with. If they choose to oppose the president on this, they’ll officially be the party of war. In June, the White House announced that the number of American troops in Iraq would be reduced to 4,500 from 8,600, which would mark the lowest number of troops there since the beginning of the war in Afghanistan.
The decision marks yet another step in the president’s plot to remove troops from the Middle East entirely, after stating last month during his RNC acceptance speech that he “look[s] forward to the day when we don’t have to be there.”
McKenzie confirmed the withdrawal of troops is being organized in cooperation with the Iraqi Ministry of Defense and said the fact that America is able to take these steps shows their “confidence in the Iraqi Security Forces’ increased ability to operate independently.”
President Donald Trump is ending a war started by George W. Bush, and which Barack Obama was incapable of ending despite promising to do so in 2011.