I apologize this should have been posted before today….but even I get sidetracked around the holiday…..
The announcement that the US would withdraw from Syria and the pro-war parties have come out against the withdrawal……they are making every excuse possible to try and keep the war ongoing for the weapons industry……even heard one Senator say as a rep of a state that has deep military ties and the father of a child in the military this decision is disturbing….why? Would rather see his child remain in harms way to protect what? The M-IC and their obscene profits……makes me proud that I am an antiwar person and have been for 40+ years.
As I wrote the M-IC has gotten all its allies (paid agents) to come out with the most vile amount of lies and misinformation….just to preserve the weapons industry……some of the tactic to try and head off this withdrawal…..
Neocons are pulling out all stops……..
The United States never wanted to get involved in Syria. Barack Obama did everything in his power to avoid committing American troops to the muddled civil conflict, even at the cost of national prestige and his administration’s credibility. But while Obama dithered, chemical warfare again became the status quo of the battlefield, the greatest humanitarian tragedy of the 21st century unfolded, a human tide shattered the European political consensus, Russian and Iranian troops increasingly came into dangerous contact with NATO-allied forces, and a vicious terrorist network captured vast swaths of territory and brutalized thousands. It was only the threat of genocide and the prospect of the Iraqi state’s collapse that compelled Obama to confront his myopia. Though valuable time and tactical advantages were lost in the interim, Obama eventually learned that the world’s only superpower cannot sit idly by as local conflicts explode into regional crises.
Plus the use of Iran as a deterrent to withdrawal was predictable……
The Trump administration announced Wednesday that all 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria will start returning home very soon. President Donald Trump, who had long expressed his discomfort with an extended military deployment in Syria, explained his decision in a tweet: “We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.”
The decision carries implications for the administration’s Iran policy, as Tehran and its client, the Assad regime, are poised to take advantage of the American withdrawal. In September, Trump’s National Security Adviser, John Bolton, stated the U.S. would not leave Syria “as long as Iranian troops are outside Iranian borders, and that includes Iranian proxies and militias.” The sudden reversal of this declared policy could have serious consequences for U.S. strategy in the region.
President Trump’s recent decision to withdraw the approximately 2,000 U.S. troops stationed in Syria signals that Washington is unwilling to challenge Iran in a theater of conflict that the Islamic Republic has invested heavily in for more than seven years. This will have significant consequences for Middle East security as well as the success of the administration’s Iran policy.
Then there is the use of ISIS and AQ as a fear factor was also predictable…..
When he announced his decision to remove the 2,000 US troops in Syria, US President Donald Trump tweeted, ‘We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.’
The revelation that he kept US troops in Syria just to counter Islamic State is interesting—because it seems to show that delivering on his campaign promise to his base to bring US troops home has overridden America’s other interests there.
And finally the big question……what happens next in Syria?
There’s a grim joke in Washington that the end of the U.S. presence in northeast Syria was only one Trump tweet away. The sudden announcement, long promised by Trump, that the United States would withdraw its two thousand troops from Syria has proved it right.
For Beltway insiders this was predictable. The president has never been convinced that the United States needs a physical presence in a theater where it has had minimal influence and leverage
That is a smattering of the opposition to the Trump decision to withdraw US troops from the Syrian conflict.
The silly idea that the US does not leave its allies in lurch is just as I said…SILLY!
Think back to the Nungs in Laos and the Montagnard in Vietnam….we left them high and dry and never looked back….so to say that we do not leave our allies in a lurch is a lie!….as the Kurds can attest.
All the opposition is just sickening.