This is exactly the kind of thing President Trump ran on and is a perfect rebuttal to those who charge he possesses no ideology and, with respect to Syria, no plan.
Trump wants not to withdraw America completely from the world, as the caricatures in the press would have it, but to back off and let local allies do the dirty work and put some skin in the game. That’s what’s going on with this Syria proposal. It’s what Trump was doing by threatening NATO countries that they’d better pony up their fair share.
The principle is simple. American troops should not be putting their lives at stake in God-forsaken places unless there is a compelling national interest. And American taxpayers shouldn’t be footing the bill.
We can’t solve the world’s problems. But local countries do have a compelling national interest in places like Syria, and they’d better step up.
What’s more, we need to stop breaking other countries, even if we don’t like how they are run. It generally makes things worse. We’ve crapped in exotics locales all over the world and left the locals to clean up after us too often.
From the Wall Street Journal:
The Trump administration is seeking to assemble an Arab force to replace the U.S. military contingent in Syria and help stabilize the northeastern part of the country after the defeat of Islamic State, U.S. officials said.
John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s new national security adviser, recently called Abbas Kamel, Egypt’s acting intelligence chief, to see if Cairo would contribute to the effort, officials said.
The initiative comes as the administration has asked Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to contribute billions of dollars to help restore northern Syria. It wants Arab nations to send troops as well, officials said.
Details about the initiative, which haven’t been previously disclosed, have emerged in the days since the U.S.-led strikes on sites associated with the Syrian regime’s chemical-weapons capabilities.
Mr. Trump, who has expressed growing impatience with the cost and duration of the effort to stabilize Syria, alluded to the push on Friday night, when he announced the missile strikes.
“We have asked our partners to take greater responsibility for securing their home region, including contributing larger amounts of money,” Mr. Trump said.