FILE — Turkish and Russian patrol is seen near the town of Darbasiyah, Syria, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Turkey and Russia launched joint patrols in northeastern Syria, under a deal that halted a Turkish offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters who were forced to withdraw from the border area following Ankara's incursion.

To the editor — Did you happen to catch the brief back-page article about one of our military outposts in the Syrian desert a few weeks ago? The U.S. flag was lowered without a shot being fired. U.S. Central Command had apparently ordered a retreat. Within a day or so Russian forces advanced, secured the zone, occupied the fort and raised the Russian flag.

I wonder, would this have happened if Ronald Reagan was still our commander in chief?