Should the USA pull out of Syria?

President Trump’s decision to relocate approximately 50 U.S. troops within Syria set off a firestorm of outrage and disbelief. I am not particularly interested in the responses of the usual suspects. I am interested, however, in the commentary of fairly well-known professing Christians as they attempt to influence the church with their arguments in favor of war and global do-gooding at the point of a gun.

Nearly any attempt to militarily withdraw from any region of the world is met with immediate condemnation and tales of doom and danger. Rather than accepting this rhetoric, Christians should take a closer look at what is actually happening on the ground in these areas. We need to judicially examine the consequences of U.S. policy rather than allow ourselves to nonchalantly accept high-minded and utopian rhetoric concerning intentions. And we need to do this as Christ-followers first and Americans second. If anyone has trouble making that distinction, what is to follow will make little sense.

Many of the elected representatives and national security professionals who repeatedly call Trump dangerous, unstable, and untrustworthy are the same experts who supported policies in Syria, Iraq, and Libya which armed and funded so-called moderate rebels in the region which turned out to be Al Qaeda. Their expert opinions should be taken with a grain of salt. [To learn more about how “U.S. policy has been largely responsible for having extended al Qaeda’s power across a significant part of Syrian territory,” read more here].

One does not have to be a Trump supporter to agree with the wisdom of reducing the degree of U.S. military engagement in the Middle East and elsewhere. One of Trump’s most popular campaign promises, which he has not fulfilled, was to bring the troops home from needless and costly military engagements. Polling for over a decade has continually demonstrated the desire of the American people to end “forever war.” So why are some Christians arguing in favor of these endless wars?

One Christian and Republican national security professional, Paul D. Miller, research fellow with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention,

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