The president has been bold and steadfast in dealing with Iran, our sworn enemy. Iran has slaughtered American troops; it is the largest state sponsor of Islamic terrorism around the world; it threatens the United States with long-range nuclear missiles (which it seeks to acquire); it is attempting to devour Iraq, Yemen, and parts of Syria and to destabilize Saudi Arabia and even Egypt; and it prepares for all-out war with Israel. Iran's terrorist regime seeks to build a caliphate in the Middle East and beyond.
The president has understood this. Yet the stunning announced decision by the administration this morning, to immediately withdraw what amounts to 2,000 American personnel from Syria, will result in Iran, along with Hezbollah and its sponsor Russia, filling the void and surrendering a significant and important region of the world to our enemies.
This is a very, very bad idea. The fact is that the administration's decision to drop the Iran deal and re-impose sanctions on Iran has had an enormously beneficial effect; it has begun to weaken Iran's economy and undermine support for the Islamic-fascist regime. But a decision now to leave Syria altogether undermines what has been a brilliant and effective policy up to this point. Syria is not Afghanistan, where we have had tens of thousands of troops and significant casualties over a fifteen-year period. The U.S. has been very successful in a precisely limited and skillfully executed operation in Syria. To abandon it now is an extremely unwise act, even a provocative act, which will embolden Iran, Hezbollah, and Russian.
I would strongly discourage the president from abandoning what has been a significant and crucial achievement up to now and seriously rethink the apparent decision. It's in America's national security interest to hold fast.
Editor's note: This article originally appeared on Mark Levin's Facebook page.