At a recent town hall event, President Trump said he planned to withdraw American troops from Iraq. Around the same time, Gen. Frank McKenzie seemed to contradict the president, implying U.S. troops couldn’t withdraw because there was “still work to do” in training the Iraqi Security Forces.
It’s unfortunate that there hasn’t been more talk about Iraq in the lead-up to the election, as thousands of U.S. troops remain stationed there. Regardless of who is president come January 2021, a comprehensive assessment of America’s long involvement in Iraq reveals full withdrawal is the best policy for U.S. interests.
That reality exposes the truth today: American security is neither enhanced by having U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq nor is it placed at higher risk by our complete withdrawal. To the contrary, we can both increase our national security and conserve our troops’ strength by removing our troops from unnecessary harm’s way. Iraq should be responsible for its own security. It is time to end the mission and bring our troops home.
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