Trump gives the Kurds ‘the finger.’…
Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton had gone to Turkey the leader there that his boss was NOT in a hurry to remove US military advisors from Syria….
That was in contrast to a promise that Donald Trump had made to the Turkish leader, who wants the Kurdish soldiers fighting ISIS away from his borders….The Turk’s don’t care about ISIS…They worry about the Kurds, who want their own territory that would include part of Turkey….
With the US and Allied military out of the area?
The Kurds would be back in fight for survival against NATO member Turkey’s military…..
Such a situation would probably increase a massive migration of Kurds and would sigmal that the as Donald Trump has said from day one?
America doesn’t care about allies….
If ya don’t want to pay a Trump admin?
Don’t count on him….
John Bolton is learning that with Donald Trump….
You do NOT speak for or against him….
He does foreign policy by his ‘gut’ , on the fly….
If he likes ya?
You’re on your own…
And he doesn’t care about past deal’s or agreements…
The U.S. military has begun exiting Syria, Pentagon officials confirmed to multiple news agencies overnight. The Wall Street Journal got word of U.S. equipment movement out first, followed shortly afterward by CNN, AP, Fox News and other outlets.
The quick read: “Scores of ground troops are headed toward Syria to help move troops out, and a group of naval vessels headed by the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge is headed to the region to back up troops at the vulnerable moment they are leaving the country,” the Journal’s Nancy Youssef and Dion Nissenbaum reported. “Troops tasked to help with the eventual withdrawal already are in the area, in places such as Kuwait and al-Asad air base in western Iraq.”
For the record: Today is exactly four weeks since President Trump decided to pull U.S. troops out of Syria against his National Security Advisor John Bolton’s wishes during that now-famous phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Trump’s decision that day was made public on December 19 — along with rumors that he’d given the U.S. military and State Departments 30 days to get completely out of Syria. The 30-day mark would be Sunday.
Recall that Bolton has been trying hard to slow Trump’s decision, Bolton being the first of Trump’s White House officials to visit the region after that December 14 phone call. And on Sunday in Jerusalem, AP reminds us, Bolton said “American troops will not leave northeastern Syria until IS is defeated and American-allied Kurdish fighters are protected.”
“We don’t take orders from Bolton,” one Pentagon official told WSJ on Thursday.
So, will America’s Kurdish allies in Syria be protected from attack by Turkish allied forces? That was the big concern from former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis as well as Bolton and Pompeo. And the Journal reports that it is still entirely unclear how that relationship and regional dynamic will play out in the weeks to come.
Semper Gumby: “Defense officials said the Pentagon execution order directing the withdrawal could be modified as details of the withdrawal plan are sorted out,” Youssef and Nissenbaum write. “The existing order didn’t include a date for when troops must leave… allowing the military to set the pace for troop movement.”
For what it’s worth: Sources inside Syria told the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights the U.S. military’s Syrian withdrawal began Thursday night, “when about 10 armored vehicles and other equipment pulled out from a US base in the al-Rmelan area of al-Hasaka province,” Voice of America‘s Jeff Seldin tweeted this a.m…..
Somewhere Russian’s ARE smiling…
Trump has done what they could NOT get from Obama….
The Russian’s effort to make sure Hillary Clinton wasn’t President continues to ‘pay off’….