Trump walks back to isolationism
Prez: US doesn’t endorse Turkey assault
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.