Fewer troops, forever wars
Alex and Jen discuss President Trump’s decision to draw down the number of US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. They explain the slapdash announcement and rushed plan, and the inherent tensions between wanting to end a long war and America’s responsibility to the people of the countries it has invaded. The gang also turns to what Trump’s Pentagon shake-up really means, and what President-elect Joe Biden should prepare to inherit in January.
The US is drawing down troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Trump has promised to bring troops home by Christmas.
He didn’t quite get that, even with a new Pentagon chief.
The big question: Will these withdrawals box Biden in on foreign policy?
Trump has also appointed a lot of loyalists to the Pentagon recently.
Shake-ups could reshape foreign policy in the last months of Trump’s term.
And maybe remake the federal bureaucracy. Here’s Trump Inc.’s investigation.
Jennifer Williams (@jenn_ruth), senior foreign editor, Vox
Alex Ward (@AlexWardVox), national security reporter, Vox
Jen Kirby (@j_kirby1), foreign reporter, Vox
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