“Promises made, promises kept.”
That’s exactly what President Trump has done during his past four years in office.
Even with difficult tasks pertaining to foreign policy such as withdrawing our troops from a region the United States was at war with for decades, he always follows through.
The president never fails to keep his word to the American people.
On Tuesday, President Trump ordered the Pentagon to send home thousands of U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller stated, “I am formally announcing that we will implement President Trump’s orders to continue our repositioning of forces from those two countries,” he told reporters at the Pentagon.
American military presence will be reduced from 4,500 to 2,500 troops in Afghanistan, and 3,000 to 2,500 in Iraq.
Although the president originally wanted the troops home by Christmas, the total 2,500 soldiers are set to return home by January 15th, 2021, days before Inauguration Day where either Trump will continue his presidency or Biden will assume office.
Withdrawing troops from “endless wars” in the Middle East has been one of the president’s long-time goals and he is making it happen.
Miller described the move as “consistent with our established plans and strategic objectives.”
While President Trump has issued several troop withdrawals in the region, this additional troop reduction has been contingent on Afghanistan’s ability to maintain their own sovereignty and defend themselves.
Peace with the Taliban was also a big determination of the decision, in accordance with the Afghanistan-Taliban peace deal signed earlier this year.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, told AFP the U.S. troop drawback “is a good step and in the interest of the people of both countries.”
“The sooner the foreign forces leave, the more war will be prevented,” Mujahid said, celebrating the decision.
The Acting U.S. Defense Secretary praises the countries for working together to maintain peace, allowing for the U.S. to continue withdrawing from the region.
“We are not a people of perpetual war — it is the antithesis of everything for which we stand and for which our ancestors fought,” he said in an earlier memo.
Thankfully, the Trump administration is acting on this philosophy to advance peace in the Middle East, end endless wars, and bring our troops home.