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President Trump has said that troops will be coming out of Syria soon…the reason given, by Trump, is the the terrorist group called ISIS had been defeated….(this is where I leave the Trump bandwagon)…..thus the troops were no longer needed in the fight…..Defeated?
Without offering specifics on what led to a declaration of victory against the Islamic State (IS) terror group in Syria, the White House defended both the declaration and the decision to start bringing U.S. troops in the war-torn country back home.
The announcement, which seemed to catch some U.S. defense and diplomatic officials, as well as lawmakers, off guard, first came in a tweet from U.S. President Donald Trump Wednesday morning:
After Trump made is bold sweeping statement about the defeat of ISIS his man in charge of the anti-ISIS program has dropped out of the admin……
Brett McGurk, the US envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group, has resigned in protest over President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw US troops from Syria, a US official says, joining Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in an administration exodus of experienced national security figures. Only 11 days ago, McGurk had said it would be “reckless” to consider IS defeated and therefore would be unwise to bring American forces home, per the AP. McGurk decided to speed up his original plan to leave his post in mid-February. Appointed to the post by President Barack Obama in 2015 and retained by Trump, McGurk says in his resignation letter that the militants were on the run, but not yet defeated, and that the premature pullout could be a boon to ISIS.
He also cites gains in accelerating the campaign against ISIS, but says the work was not yet done. His letter, submitted Friday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, was described to the AP on Saturday by an official familiar with its contents. In a tweet shortly after news of McGurk’s resignation broke, Trump again defended his decision to pull all of the roughly 2,000 US forces from Syria in the coming weeks. “We were originally going to be there for three months, and that was seven years ago—we never left,” Trump tweeted. “When I became President, ISIS was going wild. Now ISIS is largely defeated and other local countries, including Turkey, should be able to easily take care of whatever remains. We’re coming home!” Click for the full story.
After McGurk resigned his position Trump did what Trump always does….he took to Twitter…….
While I have agreed with Trump on a troop withdrawal…I will not agree the ISIS has been defeated only pushed to the brink……
A pro defense industry group has their opinion on the defeat…….
President Donald Trump tweeted earlier today, “We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.” The tweet was accompanied by news reports saying that the president has ordered, or is considering ordering, a full withdrawal of American forces from Syria.
But has the Islamic State (ISIS) been “defeated” in Syria? The short answer is no.
An unknown number of the group’s top leaders, including presumably Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and middle managers remain alive. It is highly likely that thousands of fighters remain in both Syria and Iraq. They continue to fight as insurgents, biding their time for opportunities to surge. And the Islamic State’s media machine, which is assumed to be headquartered in the region, remains prolific, pumping out messages in multiple languages on a daily basis.
Not everyone agrees with Trump on his newest Syrian policy…..
Trump supposedly “defied” his foes in America’s permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies (“deep state”) by ordering the “withdrawal” of American troops from Syria, which is being celebrated across the world as a pragmatic peacemaking gesture that’s long overdue. The fact of the matter, however, is that this isn’t the so-called “retreat” that some in the Alt-Media are portraying it as but is actually a cunning move for more cost-effectively advancing the US’ military, political, and ultimately strategic objectives in the Arab Republic and beyond.
On the surface, it appears to some that Trump flinched in the face of Erdogan’s threat to commence an anti-terrorist intervention east of the Euphrates in the US-occupied corner of Syria and basically betrayed America’s Kurdish allies there, but the “withdrawal” should instead be seen as keeping the Kurds in check and preempting a possible Turkish campaign against them there by getting them to curb their ambitions as part of a pragmatic US-brokered deal between them an Ankara. Still, even if Turkey does indeed intervene, then that doesn’t necessarily mean that the YPG-led SDF will be destroyed.
The Carnegie Endowment has a thought on what happens if troops come home……
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.
According to conservative National Review does what it does best….serves the M-IC as best it can…….
Donald Trump’s precipitous decision to withdraw American troops from Syria has shocked advisers inside and even allies outside his administration. Lindsey Graham called Trump’s declaration that we have “defeated” ISIS in Syria “fake news.” Graham followed up with a blistering appearance on CNN, where he indicated that Trump’s decision was contrary to sound military advice. Even his most staunch allies, men such as Mike Huckabee, were alarmed:
Huckabee? A Baptist preacher should stick to scripture and leave the war decision to people that actually fight in these conflicts……please he should show some concern for the American troops that have been doing the fighting…..I am sure there is a John “something” that covers remain silent and stick to prayer.
So far the pundits have given their worse case scenario with a troop withdrawal……not one person has shown any desire to take the troops into consideration….as usual the troops make good slogan material but their actual person is seldom in consideration.
Trump is right….bring those troops home…they and their families deserve a long quiet rest.