ARTICLE | Trump Didn’t Shrink U.S. Military Commitments Abroad—He Expanded Them

U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly promised to extract the United States from costly foreign conflicts, bring U.S. troops home, and shrug off burdensome overseas commitments. “Great nations do not fight endless wars,” Trump declared in his 2019 State of the Union address. “We’re bringing our troops back home,” he boasted during a cabinet meeting in October. “I got elected on bringing our soldiers back home.” But after nearly three years in office, Trump’s promised retrenchment has yet to materialize. The president hasn’t...