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Trump’s bold geopolitical pivot, will the Deep State retaliate?

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and former U.S. Army Special Operations Officer and global psychological warfare counter-terrorism analyst Scott Bennett take a quick look at US President Donald Trump decision to disengage from Syria and bring American troops home. Does this mark a major turning point and pivot away from years of a failed and disastrous US foreign policy dogma in the Middle East that has left the region in ruins.

How will the Deep State and neocon warmongers react and retaliate to US President Trump’s decision to deliver what he promised during his presidential campaign…an end to the military industrial complex wars.

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Meanwhile, Trump continues a bold US military disengagement in never ending, bullshit wars started by Bush and Obama. Zerohedge that US President Trump has ordered a major Afghan drawdown with 7,000 troops set to return to the US in the coming weeks…

CNN warns “officials brace for Trump announcement on Afghanistan” after Trump’s Wednesday bombshell Syria troop pullout announcement. He’s now initiated “a major drawdown” of forces in Afghanistan too, and while inside the beltway neocon heads might continue to explode, the broader public for which the seventeen year long Afghan war is deeply unpopular will no doubt cheer the move. And already NBC reports Thursday evening based on defense sources the White House has asked the Pentagon to draw up plans presenting “multiple options” including a “complete withdrawal”. Following the “options” order it now appears Trump has pulled the trigger and “ordered the start of a reduction of American forces in Afghanistan” according to a breaking WSJ report:

More than 7,000 American troops will begin to return home from Afghanistan in the coming weeks, a U.S. official said. The move will come as the first stage of a phased drawdown and the start of a conclusion to the 17-year war that officials say could take at least many months. There now are more than 14,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Further the WSJ reports it marks “the start of a total pullout that could take at least many months.”

The major reduction of U.S. troops in the country will begin as soon as within several weeks, according to sources cited in The Wall Street Journal. Currently there are about 14,000 troops in Afghanistan in continuation of a NATO advise, train and assist mission as part of the longest running war in United States history.

Trump reportedly stoked “anger and confusion” among some lawmakers and Pentagon officials over his Syria pullout decision; however, he appears to be sticking to his prior “bring the troops home” promises made on the campaign trail in 2016. In a series of Tweets, the president defended the 180 degree shift in Syria policy, which as of only less than a week ago was was expressed by US special envoy for Syria, Ambassador James Jeffrey, as “countering Iran”.

In a Thursday Tweet that could have just as well been about Afghanistan, Trump stated: “So hard to believe that Lindsey Graham would be against saving soldier lives & billions of $$$.” And added, “Time to focus on our Country & bring our youth back home where they belong!”

Meanwhile it shouldn’t be forgotten that even the generals responsible for executing the Afghan war have been critics of late, including the commander of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan.

Speaking to NBC News in early November, Gen. Austin Scott Miller made deeply pessimistic public statements after taking charge of American operations, and shocked with his frank assessment that that the Afghan war cannot be won militarily and peace will only be achieved through direct engagement and negotiations with the Taliban — the very terror group which US forces sought to defeat when it first invaded in 2001. “This is not going to be won militarily,” Gen. Miller said. “This is going to a political solution.”

He explained further to NBC at the time:

My assessment is the Taliban also realizes they cannot win militarily. So if you realize you can’t win militarily at some point, fighting is just, people start asking why. So you do not necessarily wait us out, but I think now is the time to start working through the political piece of this conflict.

So it appears Trump is actually heeding his general’s assessment in ordering the significant drawdown.

Currently the State Department is conducting on-again off-again shaky negotiations (since last summer) with Taliban officials with the help of intermediary countries Pakistan and Qatar.

The United States has spent well over $840 billion fighting the Taliban insurgency while also paying for relief and reconstruction in an “endless war” that has become more expensive, in current dollars, than the Marshall Plan, which was the reconstruction effort to rebuild Europe after World War II.


The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of this site. This site does not give financial, investment or medical advice.

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Olivia Kroth
December 21, 2018

A very interesting analysis by Scott Bennett. I also think that President Trump will gain more votes and will be re-elected President in 2020 if he really manages to pull out US troops from Afghanistan and Syria. I am sure, the US Americans want peace, not war. Senator Graham is a very disappointing warmonger, although his support for Brett Kavanaugh as judge on the Supreme Court was helpful. According to the book “Fear” by Woodward, President Trump has been fighting for the pullout of US troops from Afghanistan for a long time. He is up against a crew of warmongers… Read more »

December 21, 2018

Do you even know who the deep state is??? Certainly warmongers like Graham but they are in places you might not expect. Like “Disqus”…..that must approve you as a commenter on Russia Insider. It’s the people that run the RT comments. It’s the people that run Zerohedge comments…allowing only “approved” commenters to post. If you don’t think so, read the Disqus “Terms of Service”….ran by Israel…literally. Or try disagreeing on RT…and be permanently banned. The deep state is into all of the comment boards and like Facebook, use multiple computer programs to profile you and keep you from making public… Read more »

Gerald Falkenstein
December 21, 2018

Why is Syria an enemy of ours Donald? Syria and most of the mid East countries are enemies of Israel and I know your son in law is a Jew, but why is Syria an enemy of yours? What has Syria ever done to the USA Donald? I noted for you Donald but you shouldn’t have put ISIS in there in the first place. And why did it take you two years? How many Syrians have been killed because of what you did? Do you ever think of that? Probably not.
Merry Christmas

Walter Du Blanica
December 22, 2018

Americans ( except the neocons) want peace in the middle and the world. The neocons need to be exposed to who & what they are , traitors to America First. Their interest is for the country on the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea. That tells it all.

Hideo Watanabe
December 22, 2018

Mr.Trump’s snap decision of the withdrawal from Syria and seemingly from Afghanistan is his survival strategy for the 2020 presidential election to appeal to war weariness American voters because Cohen’s plea deal and revelation of Trump signature on the licence agreement for Moscow Trump Tower project would kill his 2020 chance completely. It is a good strategy but over the last two days his approval rating did not improve yet.

December 22, 2018

With this move, The Donald is no more; a President is born.
The Donald is dead – long live the President!

dave patterson
dave patterson
December 22, 2018

geezus Alex you were both doing fine until the middle when he showed his religious fruitcake stripes – these people can’t be trusted …

December 23, 2018

LOL – “Deep State”. The CRIMINAL State operatives have been freaking out/”retaliating” since the moment it became apparent that the Trumpster had beaten their Hildabeast criminal plant! And their desperation is increasingly palpable. Squirm, you sick, evil bastards!

Shaun Ramewe
Shaun Ramewe
December 24, 2018

~ Why would the badly defeated ZOG-sicko pro-terrorist Deep-State that Zio-liar false-flagging war-criminal Swamp-Chump is sneakily working for retaliate against its own desperate retreat orders??

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