On December the 20th, President Trump released a video alongside a tweet on his handle detailing the reason for his decision on the withdrawal of U.S Troop in Syria.
“We’ve been fighting for a long time in Syria,” Trump said. “I’ve been president for almost two years, and we’ve really stepped it up. And we’ve won against ISIS. We’ve beaten them, and we’ve beaten them badly. And now it’s time for our troops to come back home.”
He continued: “I get very saddened when I have to write letters or call parents or wives or husbands of soldiers who have been killed fighting for our country. It’s a great honor; we cherish them. But it’s heartbreaking. Now we’ve won — it’s time to come back. They’re getting ready. You’re going to see them soon.”
The president praised the soilders and called them “great American heroes”.
“These are great heroes of the world, because they fought for us. But they’ve killed ISIS, who hurts the world. And we’re proud to have done it. He continued: And I tell you, they are up there looking down on us, and there is nobody happier or more proud of their families to put them in a position where they’ve done such good for so many people. So our boys, our young women, our men — they’re all coming back, and they’re coming back now. We won. And that’s the way we want it.” He concluded by pointing up to the sky and saying “that’s the way they want it.”
After historic victories against ISIS, it’s time to bring our great young people home! pic.twitter.com/xoNjFzQFTp
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2018
President Trumps decision was met with a backlash, but most noticeable was that of Hillary Clinton, the architect of all this.
“Actions have consequences, and whether we’re in Syria or not, the people who want to harm us are there & at war. Hillary tweeted. Isolationism is weakness. Empowering ISIS is dangerous. Playing into Russia & Iran’s hands is foolish. This President is putting our national security at grave risk.”
Actions have consequences, and whether we’re in Syria or not, the people who want to harm us are there & at war. Isolationism is weakness. Empowering ISIS is dangerous. Playing into Russia & Iran’s hands is foolish. This President is putting our national security at grave risk.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 21, 2018
According to Daniel Lazare of Consortiumnews, in a memo sent to Hillary Clinton but then intercepted by Wikileaks, Clinton was getting advice as secretary of state to plunge the U.S. deeper into the Syrian war.
The 1,200-word memo written by James P. Rubin, a senior diplomat in Bill Clinton’s State Department, to then-Secretary of State Clinton, which Clinton twice requested be printed out, begins with the subject of Iran, an important patron of Syria.
The memo dismisses any notion that nuclear talks will stop Iran “from improving the crucial part of any nuclear weapons program—the capability to enrich uranium.” If it does get the bomb, it goes on, Israel will suffer a strategic setback since it will no longer be able to “respond to provocations with conventional military strikes on Syria and Lebanon, as it can today.” Denied the ability to bomb at will, Israel might leave off secondary targets and strike at the main enemy instead.
Consequently, the memo argues that the U.S. should topple the Assad regime so as to weaken Iran and allay the fears of Israel, which has long regarded the Islamic republic as its primary enemy. As the memo puts it:
Bringing down Assad would not only be a massive boon to Israel’s security, it would also ease Israel’s understandable fear of losing its nuclear monopoly. Then, Israel and the United States might be able to develop a common view of when the Iranian program is so dangerous that military action could be warranted.”
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