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Arthur I. Cyr: U.S. troops, national interest and the Middle East

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President Donald Trump’s surprise decision to withdraw United States military forces from Syria has generated intense controversy and encouraged Turkey’s incursion seeking to destroy Kurd forces. Analysis benefits from placing developments in historical context.

The security of Israel along with regional stability have been sustained U.S. foreign policy priorities. The interests of our two nations have not always coincided, yet the partnership endures.

In 1973, military and diplomatic efforts of the Nixon administration were crucial to Israel’s successful defense against a combined attack by Arab states. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger led efforts to ease tensions in the region.

This was followed by major peace agreements. President Jimmy Carter’s determination and discipline achieved the historic 1978 Camp David accords between Egypt and Israel.

In March 1991, following expulsion of Iraq’s army from Kuwait, President George H.W. Bush addressed Congress. His........

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