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US Troops Out of Syria – Not Victory, In Defeat

U.S. Army Capt. James Hayes and 2nd Lt. Mark Lichak, both with 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry (2-14), look through papers found in a car during a patrol near the Syrian border on Aug. 10, 2005. 2-14, operating out of Combat Outpost Rawah, is currently in the area to suppress terrorists from crossing the Syrian border into Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Davis) (Released)

Via The Strategic Culture Foundation:


US President Donald Trump’s order this week to withdraw American troops from Syria is long overdue. American forces have been in the Arab country for at least four years. They have been there illegally, present without any international mandate. Not with the permission of the Syrian government, nor with the sanction of the UN Security Council.

American troops in Syria are therefore an illegal occupying force, violating the sovereignty of Syria and international law. Washington claims its soldiers and air force are in the country to combat jihadist terror groups. That claim is risible given the ample evidence that Washington has been covertly supporting the same jihadist groups it is supposed to be fighting. Thousands of Syrian civilians have been killed by American forces in what amounts to countless war crimes.

President Trump declared “an historic defeat” of the terror groups was the reason for his order to withdraw US troops. Trump with his typical braggadocio is claiming a “victory”. That is so utterly misplaced. His self-righteous words are a travesty and an insult to international norms of law and morality.

The military forces that really brought an end to the terror groups were those of the Syrian army, Russia and Syria’s others allies, Iran and Hezbollah. Trump’s self-congratulations are grotesquely way off the mark. The terror proxies that wreaked havoc and horror in Syria for nearly eight years were enabled, armed and directed by the US and its NATO and regional client regimes.

Still, it is to be cautiously welcomed that Trump has called it a day for American forces in Syria. With American withdrawal, there is now more chance of a political settlement being found for the war-torn country. But Washington deserves no thanks for its belated troop withdrawal. In a sane world, Washington should one day face justice for its barbaric crimes in Syria.

Whether US troops actually do vacate Syria remains to be seen. Media reports say the Pentagon plans to pull out nearly 2,000 US troops within the next month.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in his annual international press conference this week gave a cautious welcome to Trump’s announcement. Putin noted, however, that Trump has made a similar call earlier this year only for that to be overturned by the Pentagon. Putin also noted that Washington has been talking about removing troops from Afghanistan, yet the Central Asian country continues to be occupied by US troops more than 17 years after Trump’s predecessor GW Bush ordered an invasion in 2001.

So, it remains to be seen if Trump’s announcement this week regarding Syria is just a political stunt to placate his domestic base. During his 2016 election campaign, Trump promised to bring the troops home. His withdrawal plan this week could therefore be a disingenuous Christmas “good news story” for his political base, which in the coming weeks may be quietly abandoned.

There are sound reasons to be skeptical about Trump’s withdrawal plan from Syria. Only a few months ago, his national security advisor, John Bolton, was saying that US forces would stay in Syria for as long as Iranian troops were present there. Notwithstanding that Iran forces are present in Syria legally at the request of President Bashar al Assad’s government, as are Russian forces.

It’s not clear if Trump is just acting on his own whim or if there is a significant strategic decision in Washington to retreat from its regime-change machinations in Syria.

One thing seems clear though. Washington’s would-be withdrawal from Syria has nothing to do with its supposed defeat of terror groups. How could that be when Washington has for eight years worked assiduously and covertly to foment these same terror entities for regime change?

Washington’s putative withdrawal from Syria, if anything, is due to its realization of defeat for its regime-change operation. The Syrian army, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah deserve the laurels for heroically defeating the terrorist jihadist proxies whom Washington deployed to Syria for regime change. Salute too to the brave Syrian people for their amazing steadfastness in the face of horrific assault.

It is laughably ironic that US politicians, Britain and France are criticizing Trump this week, saying that “the terrorists are not yet defeated”. When it was these powers, plus Saudi Arabia, other Gulf states, Israel and Turkey which created, armed and supported the terror groups for the purpose of destroying Syria.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova is correct in saying that US military pullout from Syria is potentially a positive move towards political settlement to the war in that country.

Russia, Iran and Turkey (belatedly) have been working diplomatically to bring about such a political settlement. Logically, with one less military player in Syria – the US – that lends towards a possible resolution of conflict. If, that is, Trump’s order is actually carried through. That’s a big “if”.

There is, however, concern that US withdrawal might spur Turkey to intensify its military involvement in Syria against Kurdish militants which the US has been protecting up to now. We may expect that Russia and Iran will act to prevent any such adventurism by Ankara.

All in all, US planned withdrawal from Syria is viewed as a good thing. It’s about time that Washington removed its illegal presence in the Arab country, and thereby permitting the country to restore the peace that it was so criminally denied for the past eight years.

Yes, Trump’s decision this week is to be welcomed, but it’s long overdue. Criminally long overdue.

Trump’s typical bravado about “winning the war” is contemptible. In reality, Syria stands as an historic defeat for US imperialism.

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Cudwieser
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Cudwieser

Bragadocio and bravado I can live with If the reality is a relative peace. Ultimately Trump is simply putting a face on things and at best will only convince Some Americans of any victory, namely patriots and other thickos who neither cared for or cared to understand the truth. In the end if Trump would ‘declare victory’ in Afghanistan we might actually be able to focus on the true villians, the globalists and Neo-Cons who are leading us to war. If the bastards want blood, they can trade theirs for mine.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

Still suffering the Vietnam defeat.

JPH
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JPH

Only still missing a photo op of those helicopters evacuating the embassy in a hurry..

Tom Welsh
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Tom Welsh

“It’s not clear if Trump is just acting on his own whim…” That is a grotesque misinterpretation of the facts. However much you may dislike Mr Trump personally – and I don’t think he is a whit worse than any of his predecessors as President – you must admit that he is the President. Head of the executive branch, command in chief of the armed forces. His advisers do not dictate to him – all they can do is advise him. The word “adviser” is the clue. If Mr Trump were the Queen of the UK, he would be constituionally… Read more »

Anthony Wicher
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Anthony Wicher

I agree with what you say about Trump, but you are mistaken about the Queen, who was not elected and does not answer to the people at all, unlike President Trump who does.

Brigitte Meier
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Brigitte Meier

Don’t get so upset about a white lie by Trumpi. If that makes it possible for him to move US troops out of Syria, let it be. It’s a face saver and in politics saving face is important. The real reason for US pullout is Turkey, who refuses to go along with the US partition plans for Syria and who may exit NATO if Trump doesn’t give in and leave. Turkey leaving NATO would be a mortal blow to the US’s entire containment of Russia and China policies. Just look at a map. Turkey as part of the Sino-Russian bloc… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
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Yes, indeed: “Turkey leaving NATO would be a mortal blow to the US’s entire containment of Russia and China policies”, and it would be a great step towards world peace. If only Turkey would leave NATO, no matter what US troops do or do not do …

In Europe many people inofficially call N-A-T-O the North Atlantic Terror Organisation. The sooner it will be dissolved, the better.

JPH
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JPH

Rather put some lipstick on that pig than having to keep that pig around.

Shaun Ramewe
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Shaun Ramewe

Stating the obvious – but don’t believe the ZioYank liar-losers are done yet – they can still sneakily continue their perverted cowardly black-flag terrorist-abetting from across the border in Turkey, Israel, Jordan and Iraq.

Anthony Wicher
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Anthony Wicher

It’s a victory for peace, not a defeat for anybody but the imperialist warmongers. It’s a huge victory for Trump and the American people, the Syrian people and all people everywhere.

SteveK9
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SteveK9

It may be an historic defeat for America’s war-mongering political elite, but it is a victory for ordinary Americans, and one of the primary reasons Donald Trump was elected President.

Olivia Kroth
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US troops: robbers and murderers worldwide! Yankees, go home!

Olivia Kroth
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The US leaves a trail of bitterness in Syria. They installed the so-called “militants” who are shelling Syrian cities day and night. If only the US troops, if they are really leaving, could take all that trash along with them which they installed in Syria, without being invited there.

TASS reports:
Three Syrian regions come under fire by militants in past day
World December 22, 23:29 UTC+3
Militants operating in the Idlib de-escalation zone shelled settlements in the provinces of Latakia, Hama and Aleppo

More:
http://tass.com/world/1037512

TheCelotajs
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TheCelotajs

No they are not because he is replacing them with uncontrollable CIA paid mercenaries just like he is doing in Afghanistan that way the United States is no longer responsible if they commit war crimes. George W. Bush did it in Iraq using “Blackwater Security aka Academi Company now” until Iraq kicked them out for killing incent civilians. James Jeffrey, the US’s special envoy for Syria, has warned that his country’s mercenaries in US military uniforms are to remain illegally in the country until the initial goal of Regime Change is achieved, thus adding pressure on the Syrian state and… Read more »

Cudwieser
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Cudwieser

Pick your battles wisely as blind threat wages a silent war against us all. We are no more your enemy as you ours. We fight the same foe, that of our paymasters and deceivers. We elect our own demise by our own hubris and so we must condemn those who falsely speak in our name and free ourselves from our oppressors as our neighbours do the same.

Olivia Kroth
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Today, the SYRIAN-ARAB NEWS AGENCY (SANA) reports: https://www.sana.sy/en/?p=154151 “Authorities on Sunday found huge amounts of weapons and ammunition, some of which are Israeli-made and US-made, left behind by terrorists in the northern countryside of Quneitra. SANA’s reporter in Quneitra said that authorities continued operations of combing the areas which had been liberated from terrorism by the Syrian army in Quneitra countryside to remove the explosive devices and mines left behind by terrorists to protect the lives of civilians.” What is this? Strange! When US troops finally leave Syria – the sooner, the better – they should take all of their… Read more »

Antoinetta III
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Antoinetta III

Join the discussion…No, leave the kit behind. I’m sure the Syrian Army or Hezbollah can make good use of it.

Antoinetta III

Olivia Kroth
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What kit?
No US kits needed in Syria. Russia has a humanitarian help center in Syria, they are bringing enough kits for the Syrian people, including medical help and food and clothes ….

Olivia Kroth
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Russian reconciliation center conducts humanitarian operation in Syria’s Hama
World December 08, 0:55 UTC+3
Head of the Russian reconciliation center Sergei Solomatin said 500 bags with food products were handed out to civilians in the settlement of Skalbiya
Officers of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the conflicting sides in Syria conducted a humanitarian operation in the Hama governorate, handing out food products to local residents, the center’s chief Sergei Solomatin said on Friday.

More:
http://tass.com/world/1035048

Kenny Brooks
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Kenny Brooks

Trump always thought our involvement in Syria was a mistake! It was Obama McCain Graham Rubio and AIPAC that put our troops there! Trump has solidified the support of his political bas.

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