United States, Syria, Iraq discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts


Installations installations, in the region, I would presume that there are enough of them such that no matter what the mission is the military is going to be well positioned to do things like watch Iran, or as you were mentioning keep an eye on Syria, even if aircraft cannot fly over Syrian airspace. Yes, I think that's definitely true. One of the things that is happening as the US withdraw its forces from Syria is that these forces are actually getting. Moved to some of these bases in Iraq. And I think the president spoke about that publicly the the redeployment of some of these troops to elsewhere in Iraq. But that would another thing they're considering is keeping a small presence at a base called. I'll tons a very small remote base in south east, Syria. And from an is sort of many quite far away from the fight that the US has been doing with the Kurds in the northeast against ISIS across this sort of deconfliction line we've had with with Russia and the Syrian regime very close to the Jordanian border. And the important thing about this base is that it is on a very potentially important on in supply route Pheru through Jordan in Syria to Lebanon, and then obviously from Lebanon, they can threaten Israel. So this unlike THAAD, I'll Tump is actually geographically strategic. Typically important to Iran into so keeping a US presence. There allows allows us to keep an even closer eye, obviously serious shares a border with Iran that you know, that Iraq does not. And so this is one of the things that that were looking at potentially doing to another way to keep a close eye on. We've got about thirty seconds left here, Laura. I mean, how how what's the balance between ending the quote unquote, endless wars that President Trump talks about Afghanistan, Iraq, etc. And the maintenance of US massive US military facilities in these countries. Will we ever have an end to these endless wars for as long as millions and millions of dollars and US troops on the ground? There. Well, I it's important to remember that the US has a presence of large presence globally. We still have troops in Germany and Korea. So we actually do maintain US forces around around the world at these installations in in the Middle East in particular. It actually is kind of difficult and requires a lot of logistics and more people to take people away that are already there than it would be just leaving them. So we actually have to spend money to withdraw from Syria. So, you know, unbalance, you you have to realize that part of part of this is that the US does keep a presence over to watch our enemies and fight terrorists. And make sure we can project power. Silliman Seligman Pentagon correspondent for foreign policy magazine. Thank you so much for joining us. Thanks for having me. This is on point..

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