Unlike many of his predecessors, President Donald Trump has remained true to his word that he wouldn’t start any unnecessary foreign wars and adding to that, his pledge to bring home more U.S. troops from the Middle East will soon come to fruition.
According to Breitbart, it was reported that the Commander in Chief will soon issue orders to return 2,500 troops back home from Afghanistan and, if carried through, would mean that troop levels in the region will be as low as they were in the early 2000’s.
As it stands, roughly 4,500 U.S. troops are still stationed in Afghanistan, with another 3,000 or so stationed in nearby Iraq. The report also indicated that Trump plans on reducing U.S. troop levels in Iraq to about 2,500.
News of the drawdown came in the wake of a significant shake-up within the ranks of the U.S. Department of Defense, most notably on the heels of the firing of former U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who publicly disagreed with Trump’s intentions to severely reduce troop levels in the Mideast hotspots.
In an earlier Breitbart report, acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller, who was recently appointed by Trump, spoke of the president’s intentions to reduce troop presence in the Middle East in a recent memo.
“Ending wars requires compromise and partnership. We met the challenge; we gave it our all. Now, it’s time to come home,” he wrote, while adding a quote from Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address.
There was also talk of the move solidifying Trump’s legacy as the president of peace, as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan William Ruger made clear in a Monday interview with Breitbart News.
“Trump can really cement his legacy as the president who ended America’s longest war if he does this, and I think the president should want to do that,” Ruger said, while adding that Trump will be the first president since Ronald Reagan who hasn’t started a new war.
Should former Vice President Joe Biden ultimately win the White House, we can only hope and pray that he’ll continue Trump’s legacy of avoiding putting our troops in harm’s way with needless foreign wars.