On Sunday, October 6, 2019 President Trump announced the withdrawal of U.S. troops in northeast Syria. This now sets the stage for Turkey to mount an attack against Syrian Kurdish forces that played an integral role in fighting ISIS.
Trump previously called for a complete withdrawal from Syria back in December, but was forced to back down thanks to neoconservatives on Capitol Hill.
However, Trump appears to be serious about his decision to withdraw from Syria. On Monday, October 7, 2019, Trump reiterated that he was elected to get America out of “ridiculous Endless Wars.”
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Senate Republicans like Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio were obviously fuming about Trump’s withdrawal announcement, citing security risks and potential threats to Kurds in the region.
However, Trump set the record straight in a number of tweets.
He stated, “The Kurds fought with us, but were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so. They have been fighting Turkey for decades. I held off this fight for almost 3 years, but it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home.”
Trump nails it here.
The Middle East is a mess and will likely stay that way like it has been for the past few centuries. There’s no point wasting blood and treasure in a region that has a proven track record of being a hotbed of political instability.