Trump learned an important lesson from W: Declare victory, even when you haven’t won, then use the GWOT as your excuse to bomb anything that moves across an entire region.
In W’s case, he donned a jump suit to tell us the mission was accomplished. At least Trump is sparing us that embarrassment.
As for Trump’s claim about winning in Syria, if Turkey now attacking US allies (the Kurds)…Assad remaining in power as Russian, Iranian, and Hezbollah forces control most of the country…and US-backed militias having their butts whooped is winning, then yeah, we won.
As for Iraq, they’ve never been tighter with Iran, Trump’s and Netanyahu’s and KSA’s biggest boogieman. More winning I guess.
Oh, and the only thing standing in the way of that Shia crescent Israel and KSA fear so much is the continued US presence in eastern Syria. Nothing says ‘We won,’ like an open-ended occupation.
American students can’t have free college because Israel and the Saudis need us to keep Iran at bay.