White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller appeared with CNN host Wolf Blitzer Thursday night to discuss POTUS Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw all American forces from Syria and draw down U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan by nearly half, blasting the Leftist media for its sudden hypocrisy regarding Middle East wars.
““The media that’s having this hysterical reaction to James Mattis retiring is the same media in many cases — the same politicians in many cases — who cheered our nation into a war in Iraq that turned out to be an absolute catastrophe,” Miller said in response to a question about Mattis’ retirement and the question of whether it was at least partly due to the president’s decision to remove all 2,000 U.S. troops from the war-torn country.
“This president got elected to get our foreign policy back on the right track after years of being adrift. One foreign policy blunder after another in Iraq and Afghanistan and Libya hasn’t worked out for our national interest,” Miller continued.
Miller also talked “of a country that through several administrations had an absolutely catastrophic foreign policy that cost trillions and trillions of dollars and thousands and thousands of lives that made the Middle East more unstable and more dangerous.”
“And let’s talk about Syria,” he continued. “Let’s talk about the fact — ISIS is the enemy of Russia. ISIS is the enemy of Assad. ISIS is the enemy of Turkey. Are we supposed to stay in Syria for generation after generation, spilling American blood to fight the enemies of all those countries?”
Blitzer continued to press Miller on the issue, but he responded, “Wolf, when did the American people sign up to be in every war in every place in every side of every conflict all over planet earth?”
The host then cited Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who has vehemently opposed the decision to leave Syria.
“Some of the voices you’re talking about like our dear friend Lindsey Graham, who we like a great deal, have been wrong about Middle East policy, have been wrong about Iraq,” he said.
“I just find it amusing that the media continue to cite Lindsey Graham as the greatest authority on foreign policy in American history,” said Miller before asking Blitzer and other media figures: “Since when has the United States media become the supporters of every entanglement in the Middle East that has bogged down this country?”
“This president has been very clear about the fact — he will defend America like no one else,” Miller added. “He will have a military power second to none. He will kill terrorists wherever and whenever he has to, but he is also gonna be sophisticated and smart about it.”
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