What will also be needed from us, soon after the fall of Afghanistan, is a reappraisal of
America's commitments across the Middle East. We have 900 U.S. troops in Syria who control the oil reserves of that country and serve as a shield for the Syrian Kurds. How long should we keep them there? We retain several thousand troops in Iraq. Why? These are questions for which new answers are going to be needed. America must accept reality.