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It´s Chutzpah to Blame Trump for Syria
PJ Media, by David P. Goldman [Spengler]

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Posted By:Hazymac, 12/31/2018 10:17:43 PM

President Trump´s withdrawal of 2,000 U.S. Special Forces from Syria elicited a chorus of self-righteous denunciations from the foreign policy Establishment, as well as expressions of concern from his supporters. Coming from the neo-conservatives, that is chutzpah, a Yiddish-Aramaic word that connotes unmitigated gall. It was the neo-cons, not Trump, who created the present mess in Syria that Trump must address as best he can. Trump´s impulsiveness serves him well on many occasions, but this was not one of them. It humiliated not only Defense Secretary Mattis but also National Security Adviser John Bolton, who stated clearly that U.S. troops

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Bpl40, 12/31/2018 10:45:09 PM     (No. 11878264)

ISIS is defeated, troops are brought home - for the first time since WW II a clean victory. This is what the Left cannot stand.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: locarno, 1/1/2019 12:30:07 AM     (No. 11878301)

This article raises some interesting questions, but plenty to criticize as well. The author seems more concerned with the strategic interests of the Kurds and the Jordanians than about the US. Don´t get me wrong, I deeply admire the Kurds and hope we continue to support them. Should that support include our blood? Aside from defeating ISIS, what strategic benefit to we retain by staying in Syria?

We have troops in Iraq. We have troops in Kuwait. We have troops in Saudi Arabia (quietly). Troops in Turkey and probably Israel. Troops in Afghanistan. Why do we have to be the grown up for all these countries that hate us anyways. The writer and all the pundits are so concerned about the ´optics´ of us withdrawing. This is the lesson we didn´t learn in VietNam and Iraq. Get the job done, achieve the goals that are achievable, and get the hell out.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: GO3, 1/1/2019 8:10:04 AM     (No. 11878425)

Spengler needs to vent at Obama and his withdrawal from Iraq for creating a corridor for Iran to the Mediterranean. Even before the withdrawal was completed, Iranian proxies Asab al Haq and Khataib Hezbollah were routinely engaging US troops in Iraq with little or no response from US forces. Obama´s fix was already in, and once we bailed, Iran was free to move in. What apparently has been little publicized, is that US forces have returned to Iraq and/or never gave up the huge base at Baghdad Int´l Airport.

Though, as one general said long ago, time is the most valuable commodity on the battlefield, and half-measures have resulted in a stalemate for 17 years. I´m not saying the decision to go into any of these countries was a good one, but if we do, we need to jump in with both feet and get it done. What a horrible waste of trained and motivated units for stale military and civilian top leadership.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bradcro, 1/1/2019 8:10:53 AM     (No. 11878427)

The Muslims have been fighting each other for nearly 1400 years. We will not stop it. Not our problem.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 1/1/2019 8:16:06 AM     (No. 11878435)

I do suspect that someone bloviating about Red Lines has more to do with the current situation in Syria than does the current occupant of 1600 Penn.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Lana720, 1/1/2019 11:13:18 AM     (No. 11878621)

Posters here are so well informed. Thanks to all above for your insights and knowledge.
Recently, I was explaining why I was worried about the safety of loved ones deployed. I stated a few facts, and she looked at me and said, “You know too much!”
This is where we are, a fairly uninformed and ignorant electorate, but thankfully with a President who can separate fact from fiction. God bless him!

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