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Alternative Fact of the Week: Suddenly, Syria

Alternative Fact of the Week: Suddenly, Syria

Good luck to those who will try to make sense of President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. It is foreign policy by Twitter, a reversal seemingly unsupported by top advisers in both the White House and the Pentagon, and it appears based on a flatly untrue claim — that the U.S. has defeated the Islamic State (ISIS) when the truth is that while ISIS controls little of the territory it held just four years ago, it can still mount insurgent attacks (and does — as in just days ago).

In a Thursday morning tweet-storm, President Trump defended his decision with at least one actual fact — he has campaigned for U.S. withdrawal from Syria in the past. As long...