PO­TUS: US Troops MUST Stay in Syria!!

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Pres­i­dent Trump plans to re­move our troops from the Syr­ian con­flict ..... sup­pos­edly. If he does so, we feel this will be a big mis­take that he will even­tu­ally re­gret mak­ing. The Wash­ing­ton Post re­cently re­ported that Trump has or­dered his top mil­i­tary brass to make plans for the with­drawal with no timetable. To con­fuse the is­sue still fur­ther, Reuters quoted an un­named se­nior ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial as say­ing the U.S. was, “not go­ing to im­me­di­ately with­draw but nei­ther is the pres­i­dent will­ing to back a long-term com­mit­ment.” So, what's go­ing on?

If we with­draw now when no U.S. ob­jec­tive has been mil­i­tar­ily achieved, this leaves both our al­lies and en­e­mies in the re­gion scratch­ing their heads. We claim to have de­stroyed ISIS, but have we re­ally? We claim the goal of stop­ping Iran and Rus­sian ex­pan­sion in the re­gion, but pulling out of Syria does the op­po­site and con­fuses our al­lies who thought we would see win­ning this anti-As­sad-Iran-Rus­sia-ISIS con­flict as a ma­jor goal of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion. ISIS is still a threat and it's ob­vi­ous that Trump is fall­ing into the same hole that both G. W. Bush and Obama dug. Re­call Bush's fa­mous state­ment in 2008 of “Mis­sion Ac­com­plished” in Iraq. And then fol­lowed by Obama's poor de­ci­sion to with­draw com­pletely from that same coun­try in 2011. Iran filled that vac­uum and Iraq, once noted for the pur­ple fin­gered sig­nal of demo­cratic vot­ing is now un­der the tyran­ni­cal yoke of Iran.

We truly can un­der­stand the prob­lem of re­main­ing and us­ing our forces on the bat­tle­fields of Syria. There would be enor­mous risks with our con­tin­ued pres­ence there. Rus­sian, Ira­nian, Syr­ian Free­dom Fight­ers, pro-As­sad Syr­i­ans, Turk­ish and Kur­dish troops are in­ter­twined like knots on an aged tree trunk all over that tor­tured na­tion and the threat of us be­ing drawn into a con­fronta­tion with any one of th­ese par­ties is very prob­lem­at­i­cal and dan­ger­ous. What would we do if our troops suf­fered ca­su­al­ties from a chem­i­cal attack? Whom to blame and re­tal­i­ate against? Trump and our mil­i­tary have to con­sider all of the sit­u­a­tions that could very eas­ily get out of hand.

How­ever, As­sad's mul­ti­ple gassings of his own peo­ple gave us the for­ti­tude to in­trude and force him out with our mil­i­tary. And much of what the U.S. does in that re­gion of the world has to do with our hos­tile re­la­tion­ship with Iran. As­sad's to­tal con­trol of Syria would give the Ira­ni­ans a path­way all the way across to the Mediter­ranean Sea. Once in place, they'd never leave and then would have a perfect jump­ing off point to attack both Europe and North Africa bal­lis­ti­cally. Their em­place­ments in south­ern Syria will threaten Is­rael. Throw in the nu­clear ca­pa­bil­i­ties and the Is­lamic fa­nati­cism of their lead­ers and it's a sure thing that any enemy of the Tehran Mul­lahs will suf­fer a dire fate.

As such, we un­der­stand the thoughts of Trump to back out of Syria. He does not want to be­come en­tan­gled in a web of vi­o­lence that could bring many ca­su­al­ties to our troops. How­ever, we en­tered WWII, and en­dured much pain, heavy losses and suf­fer­ing but we brought down a mighty evil. We're faced with a sim­i­lar sce­nario now. We sug­gest we keep our forces in Syria, sup­ply them with the most ad­vanced weapons and we should not hes­i­tate to use them to ob­tain vic­tory. Our mis­takes lead­ing to the strength­en­ing and em­bold­en­ing the Ira­ni­ans have brought us to this point. We can no longer pla­cate, ap­pease and fold to the Ira­nian threats to the sta­bil­ity of the rest of the world. We have to face the re­al­ity that is the United States that once again must be its sav­ior. That's just the way it is.

We claim the goal of stop­ping Iran and Rus­sian ex­pan­sion in the re­gion, but pulling out of Syria does the op­po­site and con­fuses our al­lies who thought we would see win­ning this anti-As­sad-IranRus­sia-ISIS con­flict as a ma­jor goal of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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