Josh Hawley was dismayed when this WSJ story broke last night, vowing to demand answers from the Pentagon.
I look forward to hearing tomorrow in Senate Armed Services why the Pentagon reportedly wants 14,000 MORE troops in the Middle East, after sending 14,000 already this year alone. Is the Pentagon preparing for a land war? https://t.co/sR6AwKXERM
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) December 4, 2019
His numbers are correct. Trump spent many days in October defending his decision to withdraw from northern Syria amid Turkish threats of an invasion on grounds that he was keeping his promise to end America’s otherwise endless wars in the Middle East. That was deceptive even in the context of Syria: Most of the troops who left northern Syria didn’t come home, they were redeployed to Iraq and to Kurdish-controlled oil regions in Syria. But it was especially deceptive from a regional standpoint considering that 14,000 American troops have been sent to the Middle East since May. And now, if you believe the Journal, that number might soon double.