President Donald Trump this week ordered U.S. troops to draw down to 2,500 in Iraq and Afghanistan, winning applause from populist conservatives and Democrats in Congress,but criticism from hawks and adherents to establishment foreign policy.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) expressed support, arguing that the original U.S. counterterrorism mission in Afghanistan has given way to nation-building — the costs of which are borne overwhelmingly by working Americans:
The American people deserve an end to this war. They deserve to know their sons and daughters will not be put in harm’s way unless it is absolutely necessary. And they deserve to see their tax dollars actually being used to defend them – from Chinese domination, above all – or reinvested at home, in their families and communities.
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-AZ) hailed the decision:
President Trump understands that our troops should only be used to defend American interests where