US President Donald Trump announced the end of “the era of endless wars” and that his country should no longer resolve “old conflicts in distant lands.” The statement comes at a crucial moment in the presidential campaign, following announcements that the Pentagon will withdraw a portion of its troops from Germany and Iraq.
During his speech to students at West Point Military Academy, Donald Trump focused his words on the idea that the US was not “the police of this world” and that the country was returning to the fundamental principles of its policy, according to which the soldier’s primary task is to protect their homeland from external enemies. The US military has also made clear that “America’s vital interests” now have priority.
“We are putting an end to the era of endless wars. It is not America’s duty to resolve old conflicts in faraway lands that many people have never heard of,” Donald Trump said.
But he emphasized that the enemy must understand that if the American people feel threatened, America will “never” hesitate. “And when we fight, we’ll just fight to win,” he insisted.
The retreats already announced
Recently, Trump informed Congress that he would keep the U.S. contingent in certain countries where troops were sent by his predecessors.
In early June, however, the president ordered the reduction of troops in Germany. In total, the withdrawal will affect 9,500 troops from the 34,500 currently deployed in the European country, according to US government officials. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki expressed his hope that the US will move some of the troops he plans to withdraw from Germany to Poland.
Another significant retreat will take place in Iraq. The Washington and Baghdad authorities held a strategic dialogue during which they negotiated the status of the forces that will continue to deploy in this Middle Eastern country. The parties agreed that in the coming months the US will continue to relegate its forces from the region, and the US delegation reiterated that it “does not seek or request to establish permanent bases in Iraq”, as already determined by the Strategic Framework Agreement for Friendship and Cooperation signed with Baghdad in 2008.
In addition to Afghanistan, where the U.S. operation has been going on for nearly 19 years, U.S. soldiers are present in Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, the Philippines, the Arabian Peninsula, Kosovo, East Africa, Chad and the Sahel region.