President Donald Trump would have you believe that his decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria means Washington is ending its wars in the Middle East. But that’s not the case, and it’s looking more and more like he’s not sure about the military policy he leads.
On Wednesday morning, Trump did his best Michael Moore impression by ripping America’s involvement in Middle Eastern conflicts over the past two decades.
But Trump is saying these things to justify his Syria decision on Sunday. It’d be one thing if he were bringing all 1,000 US troops in the country home, but he’s not. Instead, he’s moving just 50 US service members out of northern Syria to get of the way of a just-started Turkish invasion.
In other words, Trump isn’t ending America’s involvement in Middle East wars, he’s just changing the military’s posture. That’s how the Pentagon presented the change Tuesday, too.