Trita Parsi discusses President Trump’s recent announcement of a troop withdrawal from Iraq. Parsi is hesitant to fully endorse this move, explaining that while troop reductions are obviously good, such individual tactical moves, in order to be truly effective, must be part of a larger strategy of peace. Trump, instead, has repeatedly escalated tensions in other regions, even as he withdraws troops elsewhere, with the result that his foreign policy often results in, at best, a net wash for detente.
Discussed on the show:
- “What Trump’s troop withdrawal from Iraq means for ending America’s endless wars” (Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft)
- “9/11/20 Ted Snider on the Israel-UAE Normalization Agreement” (The Libertarian Institute)
- “Commentary: Trump’s ‘ending’ the Iraq War is a gift to Iran” (West Hawaii Today)
- “Trump’s Troop Withdrawal Is a ‘Disingenuous’ Election Year Ploy, Officials Say” (The Daily Beast)
Trita Parsi is the president of the National Iranian American Council and the author of Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy. Parsi is the recipient of the 2010 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. Follow him on Twitter @tparsi.
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