We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2018
The consensus on this is a mixture of disbelief and cautious optimism:
“WASHINGTON — President Trump has ordered a rapid withdrawal of all 2,000 United States ground troops from Syria within 30 days, declaring the four-year American-led war against the Islamic State as largely won, officials said Wednesday.
“We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency,” the president said in a Twitter post on Wednesday morning. He offered no details on his plans for the military mission, nor a larger strategy, in Syria.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said in a statement that “we have started returning United States troops home as we transition to the next phase of this campaign.”
In a series of meetings and conference calls over the past several days, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and other senior national security officials have tried to dissuade Mr. Trump from a wholesale troop withdrawal, arguing that the significant national security policy shift would essentially cede foreign influence in Syria to Russia and Iran at a time when American policy calls for challenging both countries….”
1.) How long will it be before Israel activates their puppets in Congress and stages another false flag gas attack to stop the withdrawal of troops?
2.) How long will it be before ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis and the Pentagon get their way and talk Trump out of this?
3.) How long will it be before Republican senators whining about it causes Trump to walk this back?
4.) What happens after Turkey invades northern Syria to wipe out the Kurds which seems to be the cause of this?
If this actually happens and Trump brings the troops home and ends our involvement in the Syria quagmire, then great. I find it hard to believe though. What’s the catch?