Last updated on: 3/9/2020 12:46:38 PM PST
Should the US Withdraw Troops from the Middle East?
An estimated 60,000-80,000 US troops were stationed throughout the Middle East as of Jan. 2020, including 20,000 troops sent in 2019 and early 2020 in response to an escalating conflict with Iran.
45% of Americans believe the US military should remain in the Middle East at current levels, while 29% believe troop numbers should be increased. 24% of Americans would like troop levels to decrease.
Rashaan Ayesh, "Where U.S. Troops and Military Assets Are Deployed in the Middle East," axios.com, Jan. 8, 2020
"The first thing I would do as president of the United States of America is to make sure that we brought all combat troops home, entered into a negotiation with the Taliban. But I would leave behind special forces in small numbers to be able to deal with the potential threat unless we got a real good negotiation accomplished to deal with terrorism."
Source: The Fix, "Transcript: The December Democratic Debate," washingtonpost.com, Dec. 19, 2019
"We all need to take to the streets tomorrow, Saturday, January 4 , to demand that the US stop its war on Iran and that the US military get out of the Middle East now – out of Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean."
Source: Howie Hawkins, "Green POTUS Candidate Hawkins Says Stop the Us War on Iran! Us out of the Middle East Now!," howiehawkins.us, Jan. 3, 2020
"Yes. I will use my authority as commander in chief to bring our troops home. We will stop fighting undeclared foreign wars. This will keep our service men and women out of harm's way and allow us to be at peace with our world neighbors.
I will make America like one giant Switzerland: Armed and neutral."
Source: Communication from the Jorgensen campaign to ProCon.org on Aug. 26, 2020
"The United States has spent EIGHT TRILLION DOLLARS fighting and policing in the Middle East. Thousands of our Great Soldiers have died or been badly wounded. Millions of people have died on the other side. GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE WORST DECISION EVER MADE..... ....IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY! We went to war under a false & now disproven premise, WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. There were NONE! Now we are slowly & carefully bringing our great soldiers & military home. Our focus is on the BIG PICTURE! THE USA IS GREATER THAN EVER BEFORE!"
Source: Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Oct. 9, 2019
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