On June 5, 2020, President Donald Trump announced that he plans on removing 9,500 troops from Germany.
Such a move is in line with his America First agenda, which entails more foreign policy restraint and a desire to reverse the post-World War II order that has over-extended the U.S militarily.
For seasoned neoconservatives like Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney, such a decision was simply too much.
She tweeted on June 6 that “This is a dangerously misguided policy.” The Wyoming congresswoman continued, “If the United States abandons allies, withdraws our forces, and retreats within our borders, the cause of freedom—on which our nation was founded & our security depends—will be in peril.”
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) June 6, 2020
America First congressman Matt Gaetz instantly responded, “Liz doesn’t even want to admit WWII is over. Imagine how long she wants to keep our troops in the Middle East.
Gaetz has been a leading America First voice who has called for non-intervention in foreign affairs. Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is following in her father’s footsteps by calling for the maintenance of America’s over-stretched empire. The U.S. already has more than 800 military bases abroad.
Many countries are more than capable of defending themselves and building their own military forces. The U.S. should not be playing the role of world police. Instead it should bring back troops and place them on the Southern border — an area where these troops are desperately needed.