Take the Oil? Pull the Troops? What Is Donald Trump Doing in Syria?
The National Interest -

Daniel R. DePetris


You have to empathize with the American servicemember decked out in protective gear in the middle of the Syrian desert, sitting in his humvee, waiting for a clear set of orders and procedures from the policymakers back home.

What exactly is the United States doing in Syria?  The answer depends on who you ask.

To Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mark Milley and the rest of the military brass, the U.S. objective is the same as it ever was: “the enduring defeat of ISIS.”...

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