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Reply #150 - Jan 3rd, 2019 at 8:24pm
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It's being reported that Trump is considering Jim Webb to be his next Sec. of Defense.

Apparently, Webb shares Trump's views about not being involved in the Middle East.

So is this potentially good news?
  


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Reply #151 - Jan 4th, 2019 at 11:59am
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The Blob Is Lying About Trump’s Sudden Syria Withdrawal

Washington narratives, once determined, are almost impossible to change. A pristine example has been President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, which prominent foreign-policy voices condemned as impulsive, dangerous, and a betrayal of America’s Kurdish allies. Worse yet, the withdrawal order came about, these same experts say, because of the U.S. chief executive’s ties to (choose one) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin, or, most recently, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.

But the narrative doesn’t fit the reality of Trump’s Syria decision. Far from being caught by surprise, senior State Department and Pentagon officials were tasked earlier in 2018 with planning for the eventual withdrawal. While it’s true that, as one foreign-policy commentator recently noted, Trump’s Syria decision took place without an “interagency review, an often-prolonged process that methodically develops options,” or even “major deliberations with allies,” the idea that Trump’s decision shocked Washington’s foreign-policy machinery needs to be rethought. “This wasn’t a surprise,” a senior State Department official who works on Middle East issues told me last week. “We’ve been talking about getting our troops out of Syria since at least last March”...

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Reply #152 - Jan 4th, 2019 at 12:04pm
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Trump said we're getting out.

I just want to see if he follows through.
  

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Reply #153 - Jan 4th, 2019 at 2:19pm
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Syrian Kurds seek Damascus deal regardless of U.S. moves

QAMISHLI, Syria (Reuters) - Syrian Kurdish leaders aim to secure a Russian-mediated political deal with President Bashar al-Assad’s government regardless of U.S. plans to withdraw from their region, a senior Kurdish official told Reuters...

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Reply #154 - Jan 4th, 2019 at 4:16pm
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Turkey Seeks Major U.S. Military Support to Adopt Fight in Syria

WASHINGTON—Turkey is asking the U.S. to provide substantial military support, including air strikes, transport and logistics, so that Turkish forces can assume the main responsibility for fighting the Islamic State extremist group in Syria, senior U.S. officials say.

The Turkish requests are so extensive that, if fully met, the American military might be deepening its involvement in Syria instead of reducing it before leaving, the officials added...

The plan for U.S. troops in Syria to be replaced by Turkish forces, which remains on track, was codified in a classified memo Mr. Bolton recently sent to cabinet-level officials, U.S. officials said.

Mr. Bolton also wrote in the memo that the administration’s prior policy objectives in Syria were not being changed. Those goals have included defeating Islamic State, evicting Iranian-commanded forces and pursuing a diplomatic end to the civil war...

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Reply #155 - Jan 6th, 2019 at 1:43pm
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Reply #156 - Jan 7th, 2019 at 12:02pm
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US, Turkey Set for Negotiations on Fate of Kurds

ANKARA, Turkey — U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton is set to press Turkey for assurances that it won't attack the Kurdish fighters in Syria, which he said is now a condition for the withdrawal of American troops from northeastern Syria...

The talks are likely to be contentious, as Turkey considers the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, a terrorist group linked to an insurgency within its borders, and has threatened to mount a campaign against the groups. Bolton, who is expected to meet Tuesday with Turkish officials including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said the U.S. would oppose any such move against its allies in the fight against IS...

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Reply #157 - Jan 9th, 2019 at 2:51pm
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It’s Business as Usual for U.S. Troops in Syria

As the Trump administration struggles to get on the same page about its stated plan to withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria, it’s business as usual for the American forces operating there.

American and coalition forces conducted 469 air and artillery strikes in Syria between Dec. 16 and Dec. 29, more than twice the number of strikes conducted the prior two weeks, and have no plans to stop targeting the Islamic State group, the U.S. military said Jan. 4. Meanwhile, the Department of Defense has not yet started moving troops out of the country, a U.S. defense official told Foreign Policy Monday.

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The Problem With America’s Syria Policy Isn’t Trump. It’s Syria.

President Donald Trump’s apparent confusion about what he wants the United States to do in Syria—one week he’s pulling out and the next he’s not—is hardly unique. During his entire second term, President Barack Obama occasionally sounded and acted almost as confused about Syria as his successor has.

There’s a reason why two such disparate presidents have suffered this common dilemma: For Washington, the Syrian civil war is a no-win situation. If you want to back the rebels, you end up supporting radical Islamists who could exploit yet another dysfunctional Arab state and harbor anti-American terrorists. If you seek to support the only force capable of defeating the rebels, you end up backing a war criminal and Iran’s close friend, President Bashar al-Assad...

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Reply #158 - Jan 10th, 2019 at 3:52pm
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Turkey says will launch Syria offensive if US delays pull-out

Turkey will launch an offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces if the United States delays the withdrawal of its troops from the war-torn country, the foreign minister said Thursday.

“If the (pull-out) is put off with ridiculous excuses like Turks are massacring Kurds, which do not reflect the reality, we will implement this decision,” Mevlut Cavusoglu told NTV television...

Erdogan – who has welcomed the pull-out plan – accused Bolton of a “grave mistake” by demanding that Ankara provide assurances on the safety of the Kurdish fighters before Washington withdraws its troops...

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Reply #159 - Jan 10th, 2019 at 3:54pm
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...so, Turkey will attach the Syrian kurds whether we leave or not...
  

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