President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American military forces from parts of Syria was bemoaned by warmongers in Washington, D.C. – many of whom Trump will need on his side as he attempts to navigate an impeachment process that is gaining momentum.
Apparently, he doesn’t care …
“I was elected on getting out of these ridiculous endless wars, where our great military functions as a policing operation to the benefit of people who don’t even like the USA,” Trump tweeted.
Trump added that other world powers including China and Russia “love seeing us bogged down, watching over a quagmire (and) spending big dollars to do so.”
Is he right? On this issue, we believe so …
This news outlet has been thoroughly disappointed by Trump on fiscal issues, however we wholeheartedly support his decision to withdraw American military assets from Syria and other parts of the world where no compelling national interest is served. We also support Trump’s decision to make America’s “allies” around the globe pay their fair share to defend themselves.
Our only question is this: Why has Trump supported massive escalations in military spending at a time when he was pulling back from unchecked, unsustainable imperialism?
We have never understood that disconnect …
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As for the proxy war in Syria, this news outlet has long argued that American forces should be extricated from this “cauldron of competing regional powers” and that American taxpayers should stop subsidizing military campaigns waged there by other nations (ahem).
“Syria is simply not within our nation’s sphere of interest, nor is there anything to be gained by continued U.S. military involvement in any of the proxy wars currently being waged on its soil,” we noted last year. “American assets need to be extricated immediately from this power keg, and the spigot of aid to any nation engaged there must be immediately turned off.”
Trump’s decision allows Turkey to proceed with a planned military operation against Kurdish forces in northern Syria – although he sent mixed signals on that front after receiving monolithic GOP opposition in the U.S. Senate.
“If Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the economy of Turkey,” Trump tweeted after numerous Republican senators excoriated him over his “betrayal.”
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Graham (above) added that he planned on introducing a Senate resolution aimed at reversing Trump’s policy – a resolution he said would “receive strong bipartisan support.” He also threatened to suspend Turkey from NATO if it followed through on its plans in northern Syria.
U.S. senator Marco Rubio, another warmonger, tweeted that Trump’s decision was “a grave mistake that will have implications far beyond Syria,” a move that he claimed would embolden Iran and “which in turn could trigger much broader (and) much more dangerous regional war.”
Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (and aspiring presidential candidate) Nikki Haley also blasted Trump’s decision – arguing it abandoned America’s Kurdish allies in northern Syria.
“We must always have the backs of our allies, if we expect them to have our back,” Haley tweeted. “The Kurds were instrumental in our successful fight against ISIS in Syria. Leaving them to die is a big mistake.”
Longtime Trump antagonist Mitt Romney joined the “neoconservative” pile-on, demanding Trump justify his position.
“The administration must come before congress and explain how betraying an ally and ceding influence to terrorists and adversaries is not disastrous for our national security interests,” Romney tweeted.
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Wait … terrorists? Last time we checked, America was funding terrorists in Syria.
Does any of this sound familiar? It should …
This is the same reflexive outrage that cropped up the last time Trump threatened to withdraw American troops from Syria.
Well, almost the same …
Evangelist and former presidential candidate Pat Robertson took the neoconservative contempt to a new level, saying Trump’s Syria policy placed him “in danger of losing the mandate of heaven.”
Wow. Frankly, we are not sure whether Trump was ever in possession of such a mandate, but we do believe his decision to extricate American forces from this “cauldron” is the correct one. In fact, his all capitalized response to his critics sums up what we believe ought to be the basis of American foreign policy.
“WE WILL FIGHT WHERE IT IS TO OUR BENEFIT, AND ONLY FIGHT TO WIN,” Trump tweeted.
Makes sense to us …
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