President Obama’s foreign policy in Iraq and Syria was an absolute debacle. He withdrew our forces from Iraq and dithered in Syria. This allowed ISIS to greatly expand their territory. His response was tepid and the rules of engagement were so onerous that little was accomplished. To his credit, President Trump’s actions have greatly reduced the territory ISIS holds.
Now he is taking a page from Obama’s playbook and ordered our troops out of Syria. This will likely lead to ISIS and other terrorist groups getting stronger. Both Russia and Iran will gain greater influence. It shows the world they cannot depend on us. Worst of all, many of our allies will be slaughtered. Almost all foreign policy experts are opposed to it.
General Mattis has resigned in protest. He is the first cabinet secretary to do so since the Carter administration. We are losing some top-notch members of the administration. I fear that we may eventually see a bunch of sycophants who will blindly follow any idea Trump dreams up.