Trump walks back to iso­la­tion­ism

Prez: US doesn’t en­dorse Tur­key as­sault

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global - Chi­danand.Ra­jghatta

Wash­ing­ton: Amid an im­mense do­mes­tic con­sti­tu­tional cri­sis over im­peach­ment pro­ceed­ing for pur­port­edly be­tray­ing na­tional in­ter­est, US Pres­i­dent Trump has also opened up a con­ti­nen­tal chasm be­tween Amer­ica and rest of the world, an­nounc­ing Wash­ing­ton’s with­drawal from con­flicts in the Mid­dle East/West Asia and be­yond.

“The United States has spent EIGHT TRIL­LION DOL­LARS fight­ing and polic­ing in the Mid­dle East. Thou­sands of our Great Sol­diers have died or been badly wounded. Mil­lions of peo­ple have died on the other side. GO­ING INTO THE MID­DLE EAST IS THE WORST DE­CI­SION EVER MADE...IN THE HIS­TORY OF OUR COUN­TRY! We went to war un­der a false & now dis­proven premise, WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCPre­s­i­dent

Don­ald Trump said on Wed­nes­day the US does not en­dorse Tur­key’s mil­i­tary as­sault on Syria. Trump’s writ­ten state­ment was is­sued hours af­ter Tur­key launched an of­fen­sive against Kur­dish fight­ers in Syria. “The US does not en­dorse this at­tack and has made it clear to Tur­key that this op­er­a­tion is a bad idea,” Trump said. He said no Amer­i­can sol­diers are in the area. “Tur­key has com­mit­ted to pro­tect­ing civil­ians, pro­tect­ing re­li­gious mi­nori­ties, in­clud­ing Chris­tians, and en­sur­ing no hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis takes place—and we will hold them to this com­mit­ment.”

TION. There were NONE! Now we are slowly & care­fully bring­ing our great sol­diers & mil­i­tary home. Our fo­cus is on the BIG PIC­TURE! THE USA IS GREATER THAN EVER BE­FORE!” Trump said in a pair of stun­ning tweets that shook for­eign pol­icy es­tab­lish­ments in Wash­ing­ton and many other world cap­i­tals.

Re­alised in full, such a tec­tonic shift in for­eign pol­icy — cer­tain to be re­sisted by the US Congress — will take Wash­ing­ton back to an iso­la­tion­ist po­si­tion not seen for more than a cen­tury, from the time US sho

ok of its seclu­sion to en­ter the First and Sec­ond World War and sup­plant Bri­tain as the world’s lead­ing power to her­ald an Amer­i­can Cen­tury.

The im­me­di­ate ef­fect of Trump’s sug­gested roll­back of Amer­i­can mil­i­tary power is be­ing felt in the Mid­dle East, where the US pres­i­dent has pulled the plug on US sup­port to Kurds and given Tur­key a vir­tual carte blanche for puni­tive strikes against fight­ers who had helped the US against IS ter­ror group.

Trump’s green light to Tur­key to launch a mil­i­tary of­fen­sive against Syria has re­newed spec­u­la­tion about his busi­ness in­ter­est in Tur­key since he had him­self mentioned once that he has a con­flict of in­ter­est be­cause he owns twin TrumpTow­ers in Istanbul.

“The war on ter­ror­ism started with 2 tow­ers and is end­ing with 2 tow­ers...the trump tow­ers,” tweeted one critic of the lat­est scan­dal to sur­face in Wash­ing­ton.

The move has stunned even Trump’s al­lies within US and within his party, let alone other world cap­i­tals.

“Amer­i­can iso­la­tion­ism: * Did not work be­fore WWII. * Did not work be­fore 9/11. * Will not work now. When it comes to fight­ing ISIS it’s a bad idea to out­source Amer­i­can na­tional se­cu­rity to Rus­sia, Iran, and Tur­key. To be­lieve oth­er­wise is very dan­ger­ous,” said Repub­li­can Sen­a­tor Lind­say Gra­ham, one of Trump’s staunch­est al­lies.

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