I was surprised to see Bolton's comments in the press, which seemingly return to the old strategy — defeat ISIS, counter Iran and diplomatically end the civil war. Trump's tweet this morning suggests he is doubling down on his desire to withdraw and doesn’t want to look managed by his staff.
These disjointed messages reflect the lack of a real policy process inside the government. Instead, we have decision-making by presidential tweet or pronouncement followed by advisers scrambling to implement Trump's guidance in a more rational way. If nothing else, it makes it hard for local actors to trust what Trump's envoys are telling them when they know it could be undermined by the president.