Less Than 24 Hours After Saying ‘Time to Bring ‘Em Home,’ Trump Orders 1,800 US Troops to Saudi Arabia | Common Dreams News
Less than a day after President Donald Trump bragged to supporters at a campaign-style rally in Minnesota Thursday that he was working hard to bring U.S. soldiers home from foreign wars, the Pentagon announced Friday that 1,800 troops and advanced weapons systems have been ordered to Saudi Arabia—a move critics decried as both hypocritical and deeply dangerous.
“The combination of stationing USA troops in Saudi Arabia and greenlighting Turkey’s invasion of Syria (which could lead to imprisoned ISIS warriors being freed) could be explosive,” Heer said.
Historically, as the Daily Beast‘s Spencer Ackerman noted sarcastically, deploying U.S. troops to the Middle East has come with problems.
“Fun fact: the presence of U.S military personnel in Saudi Arabia prompted Osama bin Laden’s 1996 declaration of war,” said Ackerman.
The president’s words just don’t line up with reality, said Trita Parsi, executive vice president of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.
“Trump is only using the rhetoric of ending endless wars,” Parsi said. “In reality, he’s not ending anything.”