Promises Kept: Military Families Rejoice As President Trump Announces Cut In U.S. Troop Presence in Iraq To Nearly Half Of Current Levels This Month
One of the major reasons that Americans were willing to take a chance on Donald Trump, a billionaire businessman (who had never held a public office) as President of The United States, was because of the promises he made. Perhaps top on that list was his vow to stop getting our great nation caught in never ending wars, thousands of miles away, costing us trillions upon trillions of dollars and thousands of lives. Trump knew that sending our bravest men and women to die in wars, which turned into occupations, and regime change operations, was not in the interests of the average American.
President Trump has not only been reducing the number of troops we have deployed overseas in war zones. Donald Trump has also been working on getting peace deals between Islamic nations and Israel ironed out. Many laughed at Trump, suggesting these things could never be done, yet our 45th President got them done. Just a few weeks ago Trump announced a historic peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
As a result of the deal, President Trump was nominated for the, once meaningful, Nobel Peace Prize. Our president did not stop there. Shortly after the announcement of the historic peace deal, the Pentagon announced a huge withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
The Associated Press reported:
‘The United States will pull thousands of troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan by November, the top American commander for the Middle East said Wednesday, as President Donald Trump tries to make good on his campaign promise to get America out of “endless wars.”
During a visit to Iraq, Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, said the reduction in Iraq — from about 5,200 troops to about 3,000 — reflects the Trump administration’s confidence in the ability of U.S.-trained Iraqi security forces to handle the militant threat from the Islamic State group.
Later, McKenzie said troop levels in Afghanistan would drop to 4,500 by November. He made the statement in a telephone call with a small group of reporters, according to officials at his Central Command office.
“We’re on a glide slope to be at 4,500 by the November time frame — October, late October, November time frame,” he said, according to a transcript made available by his office. He said the path to 4,500 would be determined in part by the military’s ability to get equipment out of the country.’
Despite the criticism, often from the military industrial complex’s neocon henchmen, suggesting that Trump pulling America out of these endless and insanely expensive wars on the other side of the globe would weaken our position in the world, the U.S. Central Command’s commander stated:
“At 4,500 we’re still going to be able to accomplish the core tasks that we want to accomplish,” General McKenzi said. “And we’ve shown more than ample goodwill and our willingness to demonstrate that we don’t want to be an occupying force in this country. But we do have strategic interests, vital interests, that compel us to be certain that these entities, such as al-Qaida and ISIS, can’t be guests there to attack the United States.”
This is not just some pre-election stunt either. President Trump has been reducing the number of our sons and daughters sent to occupy Afghanistan for some time now. This summer the administration had reduced our presence in Afghanistan to just 8,600 men. Trump now plans to nearly half this number as well, reducing it to 4,500, however a specific date for achieving this benchmark has not been announced, for strategic reasons.
The AP also explained that ‘In June, McKenzie announced that the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan had dropped to 8,600, the level that the U.S. agreed to in a February peace with the the Taliban that also calls on the U.S. to withdraw entirely by next spring.‘
As far as the other quagmire that the Uniparty got us into, Iraq, CENT-COM believes that the goal of continuing to reduce our presence in the Middle Eastern nation is achievable. During his visit to Iraq, General McKenzie stated that “In recognition of the great progress the Iraqi forces have made and in consultation and coordination with the government of Iraq and our coalition partners, the United States has decided to reduce our troop presence in Iraq from about 5,200 to 3,000 troops during the month of September,”
According to the AP, ‘McKenzie said the remaining U.S. troops would continue advising and assisting Iraqi security forces as they attempt to root out remnants of the Islamic State group, sometimes called ISIS.’
As usual, Press Secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, said it best when she stated “This is a president, when he says I’m going to end endless wars, it’s not a slogan like it’s been for Democrats and past presidents.”