Is the American Withdrawal from Syria a Disaster, or an Opportunity, or Something Else?

The inconstancy of America’s role in the Middle East is really no secret, either to its allies or to its enemies.

A member of the Air Force secures the remains of Scott A. Wirtz, a Defense Intelligence Agency civilian and former Navy Seal killed in a suicide bombing in Syria. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images.

A member of the Air Force secures the remains of Scott A. Wirtz, a Defense Intelligence Agency civilian and former Navy Seal killed in a suicide bombing in Syria. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images.

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Jan. 21 2019
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Martin Kramer teaches Middle Eastern history and served as founding president at Shalem College in Jerusalem, and is the Koret distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.


I have immense respect for the judgment of Michael Doran. So it’s significant that he thoroughly opposes Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria.

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