I hear 2 sides:one side supporting the President because we’re tired of the entanglements and the loss of American soldiers in an unstable area. The other side furious with Trump for permitting Turkey to invade Northern Syria. I beg to differ;I don’t think Trump permitted Turkey to invade at all and i’ll explain this conclusion after we look at some background.
The problem is that it’s not that simple and both sides have a point. The main question is, did Pres Trump do what was in the best interest of the United States and the answer to that question is yes,even though the outcome may not be too pretty.
When i first heard the news i was conflicted for the very reason i just pointed out-the validity of both sides of the argument.
So it really comes down to the question of our best interest.
I tweeted Lindsey Graham who opposed Trump’s decision and asked him the question;ok,if we stay what is the end game and when DO we leave?
Or do we just keep our soldiers there indefinitely to police the area?
Again,i ask what IS the end game and WHEN do we leave?
Let’s go back for a moment and see where we were with regards to Syria in 2017.
Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced in early December that 200 additional American special operations troops would join the 300 already serving in a train, advise and assist role inside Syria since early 2016.
Those 300 troops have been working with the SDF in fighting ISIS in northern and eastern Syria. A small number of these American forces have also been advising and assisting Turkish forces fighting ISIS in northwestern Syria.
Working in small teams, the special operations troops also provide explosive ordnance disposal assistance, and facilitate the communications and coordination needed for coalition airstrikes that have helped SDF fighters push ISIS out of long-held strongholds in northern and eastern Syria.
The American forces are supposed to do their work at the headquarters level, remaining behind the front lines. But given the fluid nature of the battlefield in Syria and the less structured command structure in the SDF, the American advisers could find themselves in a combat environment where they have to defend themselves if they come under attack.
Eventually under the leadership of the President and our forces in Syria/Iraq we were able to wipe out the Caliphate of ISIS in short order. I thought that was our objective and we could declare victory for the mission. When did this change?
Now when speaking of the Kurds we seem to envision a homogeneous group of fighters who oppose Assad and support their own independent country(usually referred to as Kurdistan) but the fact is the Kurds are broken down into numerous factions.
As for the invading force under Erdogan -an Islamist himself- somehow the country of Turkey weaseled their way into NATO.I’ve always said giving them membership was a huge mistake. They were never an ally.I don’t know how accurate it is but i do recall rumblings that Turkey was permitting ISIS to use Turkish territory for their benefit. I can’t say with certainty that was true but it would not surprise me one bit. The one worry i have is that Turkey is not going to care if the ISIS prisoners make an escape during their invasion. I doubt they are going to put them under their custody and Trump seemed to suggest Europe was not going to accept responsibility for the citizens recruited from their respective countries. So where does that leave the situation? Fortunately the most notorious ISIS fighters were moved by the U.S. to an undisclosed location.
The one indisputable fact that reports are [deliberately]overlooking as people attack the President for his withdrawal, is that Turkey had intended to invade N. Syria all along. It should not have come as a surprise and it was NOT the President’s doing. Back up to Aug of this year.
The Trump administration has launched a last-ditch effort to head off a Turkish invasion of northeast Syria that it expects will come within the next two weeks.
With tens of thousands of Turkish troops massed near the border, a high-level Defense Department delegation plans to present what U.S. officials describe as a final offer to address Turkey’s concerns at a meeting Monday in Ankara.
The meeting marks the climax of a years-long dispute between the two NATO allies over U.S. support for Syrian Kurdish fighters who have led the ground war against the Islamic State, but whom Turkey considers a terrorist threat to its own security. Kurdish-led victories against the militant group have effectively left them in control of much of the border area.
Failure of the U.S. effort could throw the war-devastated region into even deeper turmoil, endangering efforts to rout Islamic State remnants and President Trump’s goal of withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria.
We didn’t fail. Turkey was going to invade no matter what. This was a fait accompli.
My final question for those attacking the President and opposing his withdrawal. What was the alternative? What is your end game and exit strategy?
How complicated is the Syrian Civil War? https://www.history.com/news/syria-civil-war-assad-rebels
As ugly as most of the Middle East.
“I don’t think our soldiers should be there for the next 50 years guarding a border between Turkey & Syria when we can’t guard our own borders at home. I don’t think so.” @realDonaldTrump tonight at the @FRCdc
— Emerald Robinson ✝️ (@EmeraldRobinson) October 12, 2019