One Bad Decision on Syria Doesn’t Necessarily Lead to Another

| Doug Wise
Doug Wise
Former Deputy Director, Defense Intelligence Agency

President Donald Trump now says U.S. troops will “slowly” be withdrawn from Syria after his controversial announcement in December, saying that troops would be pulled out within 30 days, led to the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis and the accelerated resignation of Special Envoy to Syria, Brett McGurk.

The President has been the subject of scathing criticism over his communication style, but according to The New York Times, he has agreed to a timetable of closer to four months for the withdrawal of some 2,000 U.S. troops.  

Cipher Brief Expert Doug Wise, who served as a member of the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service before serving as Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, has experience both in Syria and another place where the President is discussing troop withdrawals:  Afghanistan.

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The Author is Doug Wise

Douglas H. Wise served as Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from August 2014 until August 2016. Following 20 years of active duty in the Army where he served as an infantry and special operations officer, he spent the remainder of his career at CIA. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree, and also graduated from the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Wise earned Master's... Read More

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