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The United States should not occupy sovereign nations. Especially one with governments already in place operating under their own rule of law. Even in the case of regime change, new governments should be formed, security installed, and our presence reduced to allow for self-rule. 

There is legitimate concern with the recent withdrawal from Syria, which reminds many of the failures in American policy with the initial winding down of the Iraq War. The mishandled plan created an influence gap exploited by and fueled the growth of ISIS. 

Although the threat from ISIS is largely diminished by all accounts, global terrorism can be like weeds. Remove one group and another group can quickly come together to take its place. America should not cut and run following military engagements, leaving key allies unprepared. 

America has the responsibility to ensure our allies can continue fighting off future threats. Our allies must have the training and resources to protect themselves and not become susceptible to new terror sources or unsavory voices. America must ensure that our military does not have to redo the job in the future. 

America must ensure that it continues to lead the fight against global terrorism and does not look the other way in the face of threats that could harm our allies or eventually end up impacting our communities. Our national security cannot be outsourced to other nations. 

President Trump needs to have a plan in place of what is the next phase for Syria and our Middle East strategy. The strategy must go beyond simply bringing our troops home, which is an important step. How will the Trump Administration ensure Russia does not exploit the void? 

Even before Trump came into office, Russia exploited the Obama Administration’s reduction in our footprint in the region. The change can negatively impact both our security and economic interests in the region, as well as our allies in Europe who are more reliant on their energy. 

The challenge poised by our NATO ally is another layer in Syria, as it recently attacked Kurdish regions in the North. America cannot take military action against an ally to defend a group with some blood on their hands. But, can the administration foster a peace deal longer than 5 days. 

Hopefully, President Trump is seriously considering advice from military and intelligence experts, not placing greater weight on political and social leanings. His predecessor made that mistake in the past. The result was having to send more troops in and deal with a new formed threat.