Daniel Davis talks about the need to fully withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq. He traces the history of terrible decision-making there since 2003, which has encumbered America in an unwinnable war for almost two decades. Worse, we can’t leave. Thanks to political pressure that threatens to blame any president for the temporary chaos that would result from a U.S. absence, no one seems willing to make the effort to pull troops out once and for all. Instead, says Davis, the U.S. will probably leave a small force in Iraq indefinitely, which does nothing to advance American interests, and only leaves our troops at risk of attack.
Discussed on the show:
- “Regardless of How Messy Things Get in Iraq, We Must End the War and Finally, Fully Withdraw” (Military.com)
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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