An article published in the National Interest outlines reasons why the US must withdraw its occupation troops from Syria despite all “faux-justifications” offered.
The National Interest (NI) reported that since US President Joe Biden took office, US occupation troops have been under almost 80 attacks in Syria and Iraq.
“After nearly eighty failed attempts to establish deterrence” in Syria and Iraq, Geoff LaMear argued, Washington must “withdraw these troops before more American troops pay the price for their leaders’ inaction.”
According to the NI article, the auxiliary forces in Syria could “impose costs in American blood for as long as US troops are there,” which is an unnecessary price given that “Washington has no strategic reasons to stay in a region with abundant pitfalls and few benefits.”
Moreover, LaMaer explained that for the troops to remain in the region, “the considerable risk incurred by US servicemembers has to be commensurate with the benefits to the United States.”
He pointed out that since the auxiliary forces in Syria groups “exist largely to expel the US presence in the region,” they will “persist until US troops leave while Washington stays until the futility of the U.S. presence is acknowledged.”
The article further noted that “true deterrence is better established by letting locals take the lead role.”
Moreover, the piece drew attention to the Saudi-Iranian agreement to which Washington’s influence “was an impediment” and its “absence was a blessing.”
LaMear stressed that “neither ISIS nor Iran nor any other faux-justification is a reason to stay in Iraq and Syria,” emphasizing that Washington “cannot bomb its adversaries into compliance.”
The article concluded that “as rockets and drones continue to target US troops,” Washington can either “continue to put brave servicemen and women in harm’s way needlessly, or it can pursue a safer, smarter path by bringing them home.”
‘Bring our troops home’, demand US anti-interventionist Republicans
After a series of attacks on US bases in Syria that came in retaliation against attacks on alleged auxiliary forces in Syria, and after a senior Iranian advisor revealed how the US shelled Deir Ezzor, US President Joe Biden warned Iran that the US will “act forcefully” to protect its occupation forces and interests in Syria.
Currently, a number of anti-interventionist Republicans in both the House and Senate have once again called for the US to pull its forces out of Syria.
Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz wrote on Twitter “Warmongers in both parties say keeping troops in Syria is necessary to preserve the balance of power. That is simply not true. If they believe that, they should say it directly to the parents of Americans in Syria who have to sleep there tonight and guard oil fields against Iranian drones. We need to bring our troops home.”
In a separate tweet, he said “It is deeply sad to continue to see Americans killed and troops injured in Syria. This is the price of guarding oil fields in other countries, presumably forever.”