President Trump’s new impatient idea to pull troops out of Syria further demonstrates that our president is not fit to command the army.

In 2014 the United States stationed 2,000 American troops in Syria to combat the radical Islamic group known as ISIS. Since then, the U.S. army has been able to weaken ISIS considerably, and today, ISIS is close to being completely destroyed. On April 4, 2018, President Trump announced that he had plans for American troops to be withdrawn from Syria. Afterward, an airstrike carried out by France, the United States, and the United Kingdom in response to a chemical attack by the Syrian government on innocent civilians indicated that the U.S. now plans to remain in Syria. Nonetheless, the possibility still remains that American troops could return home soon. The United States should make it a priority to bring their troops back home, but they should only do so once their duties are completed in Syria.

As stated by U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, the U.S.’s purpose for remaining in Syria is to defeat ISIS and ensure that chemical weapons will no longer be used. With these goals not yet achieved, troops should remain in Syria. Military leaders like General Votel have stated that the hardest tasks in Syria are yet to arise. Besides ensuring that ISIS does not return, the U.S. still has various tasks to complete in Syria, such as helping to rebuild the war-torn state and providing displaced Syrians suitable living conditions. Despite America’s presence in Syria over the past four years, there remains much work to be done in order to ensure stability in the region.

President Trump has requested aid from other countries, some of them members of NATO, to help eliminate ISIS and the use of chemical weapons without getting involved in the Syrian civil war. That aid, if provided, would allow the United States to withdraw troops from the war zone. Instead of relying on other countries, though, it would be in the U.S.’s best interest to oversee the process itself, as this gives the U.S. more control over the situation. The termination of ISIS and chemical attacks are processes far too important to completely rely on others for their completion. These threats have potential direct effects on the United States and its citizens, such as terrorist attacks, and not just on the outside world. Spending the money required to keep troops in Syria is worth it. The U.S. government was in a similar situation years ago when troops were pulled out of Iraq, thus losing control over the events in Iraq after which ISIS gained control of its largest territory ever. If the government has learned from its mistakes, it will keep troops in Syria to continue the fight.

The Syrian war is more complicated than the United States trying to eliminate ISIS and chemical weapons. The Kurdish people are fighting for their own independent state, and Syria is in a civil war. In a complicated warzone like this, it is important that the United States keeps troops in Syria for the right reasons, such as the limitation of casualties and costs. American troops should not be in Syria to become involved in the Sunni-Shia civil war or the Kurdish independence movement. These conflicts are not the reason that the U.S. army is in Syria, and so there is no reason for America to get involved in them, even if the U.S. has an opinion. The goal should be to bring the troops home as soon as possible but only after the tasks are completed.

President Trump had the right idea when he stated his wish for American troops to be withdrawn from the Syrian conflict. However, it is important that the U.S. army completes those tasks which they set out to accomplish before the troops are taken out of Syria. If the government fails to do so, we run the risk of creating another political vacuum like that which we saw after the Iraq War, plunging Syria deeper into its state of constant violence.