If Trump Isn’t Planning to Draw Down U.S. Intervention in Somalia, He Should Be

The United States has maintained some degree of military presence inside Somalia for much of the last three decades, but a pattern of escalation that began late in former President Barack Obama’s second term has markedly accelerated in the two years since President Donald Trump took office.

Somalia is, for all intents and purposes, another addition to Washington’s roster of undeclared, undebated, and unnecessary wars of uncertain connection to U.S. security—and a Friday report fromNBC News suggested Trump had finally come to see it that way. But by Monday, the Pentagon had pushed back, denying any strategy shift. This is unfortunate because the initial push to draw down U.S. military intervention in Somalia was the right one, writes Bonnie Kristian for Reason.