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    Narrow majority backs Trump on Syria, Afghanistan troop reductions

    (The Hill) Narrow majority backs Trump on Syria, Afghanistan troop reductions

    A narrow majority of U.S. voters surveyed support President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and reduce the country’s military presence in Afghanistan, according to a new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released exclusively to The Hill.

    Fifty-two percent of respondents said they back the moves in Syria and Afghanistan, which came as a surprise to the president’s own national security advisers when it was announced last week. By contrast, 48 percent said they oppose the troop withdrawals and reductions, the poll found.

    Trump announced he would completely remove the approximately 2,000 troops in Syria battling the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), while he said he would cut in half the roughly 14,000 U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
    The 48% of respondents who oppose withdrawing from Syria and Afghanistan probably couldn't locate either country on a map, let alone describe the underlying military and political dynamics in play.

    Nothing has hurt America more than the interventionist foreign policy of the US government. It has cost Americans trillions of dollars and caused massive instability across the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. Yet millions of Americans still support the failed ideology of interventionism. Thankfully, there are just as many Americans who have grown exhausted with endless wars that accomplish nothing. Will Trump listen to them or will he listen to his warmongering advisers like Bolton and Pompeo? Recent events suggest it will be the latter.

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    Much as it pains me to say so, I agree with Trump on this. I only hope he follows through and isn't just doing it as a publicity stunt, but as of today, supply withdrawal has started, though troop withdrawals have not.
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