President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma venue management asks Trump campaign for health plan ahead of rally Pompeo slams Bolton account as spreading ‘lies,’ ‘fully-spun half-truths’ and ‘falsehoods’ Twitter flags Trump tweet featuring fake CNN chyron as ‘manipulated media’ MORE this week reaffirmed a promise to withdraw thousands of American troops from Germany. His plan was attacked by members of his own party serving on the House Armed Services Committee for what was called a “Republican War” by the editor of the National Interest.
Thirty decades ago, as the Cold War was ending, former United Nations Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick sensibly wrote that it was finally time for “drawing down American forces and commitments overseas.” Since the late 1930s, she declared, the United States had an “unnatural focus” on foreign affairs, and the end of the Cold War provided an opportunity for the United States to become “a normal country in a normal time.”
Rather than embracing her advice, however, the United States not only retained such overseas presence across Europe and Asia, it also greatly increased American troops and alliances in the Middle East. Why is it so hard to move back to “a normal country in a normal time”? One clue to answering this question is found in the Republican members of House Armed Services who criticized the withdrawal plan for Germany.
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