Did we not learn this with Barack Obama? He would announce a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan and the insurgents knew they could just wait him out. Donald Trump rightfully criticized that. Time and time again, when the prior administration would announce it would withdraw or alter policy in Iraq or Afghanistan, the enemy would just decide to wait us out and that would make the situation worse.
You would think, given Donald Trump's reticence on this matter with Barack Obama, he would have kept his mouth shut about wanting out of Syria. And, if not him directly, those who reported it. The President should have known something this big would leak.
And what has happened? The Assad regime has used chemical attacks on its citizens and we have potentially now been drawn further into an already destabilized situation. Wanting out of Syria altogether, given what is going on, is stupid. We cannot cede that fight to Russia. Publicly saying we want out is insane.
Now we will not get out. In fact, we cannot get out now that chemical weapons have been used. To leave now would be an eradication of American moral leadership in the world. This administration needs to be smarter.