President Donald Trump assured that he would withdraw the United States from the endless wars in which the country has been involved and which entailed an enormous loss of lives and economic resources, such as Afghanistan or Syria, where 67 U.S. soldiers have died as of Oct. 15.
While the majority of veterans support the president’s foreign policy performance, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) criticized in an interview with Axios President Trump’s decision to withdraw the country from the Syrian war.
Little by little, the president has kept those promises and this summer announced the withdrawal of more than half of the troops that are deployed in Afghanistan, according to VOA.
As for Syria, the president announced on Oct. 7 the withdrawal of most of the 1,000 U.S. soldiers from the north of the country, according to Fox News.
Romney, who unsuccessfully contested Barack Obama’s presidency in the 2012 elections, criticized this decision and accused Trump of abandoning the Kurds whom he considers allies, but whom Turkey accuses of terrorism.
President Trump defended his decision by arguing that the Kurds “fought with us, but were paid enormous amounts of money and equipment to do so. They have been fighting Turkey for decades,” Trump said in a series of tweets.
In addition, the White House helped negotiate a 120-hour cease-fire so that forces led by the Kurds could withdraw from the 20-mile safe zone on the Syrian-Turkish border.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has been threatening to launch a cross-border military offensive for months, considering the Kurdish Syrian contingent a threat to his country.
Support for the president’s decision
Despite criticism from Romney and the Democrats, the truth is that President Trump’s decision has a lot of support, especially among veterans.
A series of polls conducted this summer showed that most veterans believe the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the military engagement in Syria were not worth it, USA Today reported.
Overall, 57% of veterans say they support Trump’s management as commander-in-chief of the armed forces.
U.S. Army officer and Future of Freedom Foundation collaborator Danny Sjursen noted:
“President Trump is right to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. Continued military action in Syria is all risk and no reward, a formula for disaster and endless war. It is upon the rock of Syria—among other ongoing conflicts—that the future of U.S. foreign policy and the fate of the Constitution itself may be tested.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) also reaffirmed his support for President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the war in Syria during a telephone interview on Fox News’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto.”
“I stand with [President Trump] today, as he once again fulfills his promises to stop our endless wars and have a true America First foreign policy,” he said.