If you support democracy and rule of law, you should applaud Trump getting out of Syria

If you support democracy and rule of law, you should applaud Trump getting out of Syria

[Ed. – The libertarian view]

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced a full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, which would bring a sudden and welcome end to American involvement in this particular open-ended Middle Eastern conflict. …

My colleague Nick Gillespie rightly praised Trump for “bringing soldiers home from unconstitutional wars that have no clear connection to national security.” Libertarian-leaning Rep. Justin Amash (R­–Mich.) tweeted his support as well, writing, “U.S. forces should not be engaged in Syria—or any country—without legitimate military justification AND proper congressional authorization.”

Not everyone is pleased. A predictable chorus of hawkish Republicans assailed Trump for making, in the words of perpetually bloodthirsty Sen. Lindsey Graham (R­–S.C.), a “huge Obama-like mistake.” … But as Iraq and Afghanistan have shown, America is also haunted by doubling and tripling and quadrupling down on open-ended commitments that cost innocent lives and billions of dollars while doing nothing to fundamentally improve the war-torn Middle East.

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