Retired Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Davis tells Scott why it would be better for everyone involved if the U.S. simply pulls its troops out of Syria now. If we had gotten out when President Trump initially called for withdrawal in December, he explains, the soldiers who died there recently wouldn’t have been around to get killed. And the longer America remains, the more soldiers are exposed to that kind of danger going forward. As for the problem of Iran that is so often used as the excuse for staying in Syria, Davis is adamant that they pose no real threat to the U.S., or even to Israel. With a military budget 1/40th the size of America’s, they aren’t anything but a nuisance that could easily be defeated if they ever posed a real threat to American security.
Discussed on the show:
- “Americans killed in Syria show cost in delaying Trump’s directive” (USA Today)
- National Defense Authorization Act
Daniel Davis did multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan during his time in the army. He writes a weekly column for National Interest and is the author of the reports “Dereliction of Duty II: Senior Military Leaders’ Loss of Integrity Wounds Afghan War Effort” and “Go Big or Go Deep: An Analysis of Strategy Options on Afghanistan.” Find him on Twitter @DanielLDavis1.
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