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Islamic State

Why Trump is right to pull troops from Syria and Afghanistan: enough is enough

    PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 January, 2019, 1:00pm
    UPDATED : Saturday, 12 January, 2019, 1:00pm

    I refer to Randy Lee’s letter of January 5 (“US opponents emboldened by troop pullback”). Mr Lee criticises President Donald Trump’s decision to reduce the level of combat troops in Syria and Afghanistan, and claims that “the US presence in Syria was meant to counter the influence of Russia and Iran”. That might be the desire of the foreign policy elite (which, of course, does not factor in any of the anti-Russia or anti-Iran forces when spouting nonstop propaganda to brainwash US voters), but the stated goal of the Obama administration was to resist Islamic State. Now that IS has been wiped out, there is no reason for the US to stay in Syria forever.

    Likewise, Mr Lee’s criticism of Trump’s decision to reduce US troop numbers in Afghanistan doesn’t reflect any of the facts: the Taliban, who did not commit any aggression against the US, have been contained by the new government (and I wish people would stop conflating the Taliban with al-Qaeda). It’s been 17 years and counting in Afghanistan. Enough is enough.

    Jim Robinson, Chai Wan