“I’m proud of the President today to hear that he is declaring victory in Syria.” Senator Rand Paul. “I couldn’t agree more with the presidents decision. By definition, this is the opposite of an Obama decision. Senator Mike Lee— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2018
Trump couldn’t find an establishment Republican Senator to agree with his position, so he went with the libertarian isolationist. Meanwhile, Lindsay Graham called the move a disaster and an “Obama-like mistake,” whatever that means, while Marco Rubio called it a “blunder” (and Rubio knows all about blunders).
Getting out of Syria was no surprise. I’ve been campaigning on it for years, and six months ago, when I very publicly wanted to do it, I agreed to stay longer. Russia, Iran, Syria & others are the local enemy of ISIS. We were doing there work. Time to come home & rebuild. #MAGA— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2018
You know who was surprised? General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was not invited to the meeting and was kept in the dark until the decision had already been made. You know who else was probably real surprised? The Syrian Democratic Forces, who we had assured in September that we would stay and help them root out ISIS, several pockets of which still exist, in addition to the thousands of militants who remain underground.
Does the USA want to be the Policeman of the Middle East, getting NOTHING but spending precious lives and trillions of dollars protecting others who, in almost all cases, do not appreciate what we are doing? Do we want to be there forever? Time for others to finally fight…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2018
You know who is super stoked about Trump’s decision to withdraw? Turkey, the only country informed of the decision before it was announced. That’s interesting … wasn’t Michael Flynn a foreign agent for Turkey? Oh, wait! He was. “All Americans should be concerned that this hasty announcement was made on the day after sentencing in criminal proceedings began against the President’s former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who admitted that he was a registered foreign agent for a country with clear interests in the Syrian conflict,” Nancy Pelosi said yesterday.
You know who else loves this decision? Putin. “The fact that the US has decided to withdraw its troops is right,” Putin said today. From the Washington Post:
The United States and many allies strongly denounced Russia’s military intervention in Syria. But Trump’s withdrawal is seen by many — including some Trump backers — as an indirect boost for Moscow and its status as the main foreign power in Syria.
Adm. James Stavridis on Trump's Syria withdrawal: "This is a massive geopolitical win for Putin … It'll be written globally as a walk-away and a betrayal. This is really, geopolitically, the worst move I've seen from this administration. That's a high bar to get over." @MSNBC— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 20, 2018
….Russia, Iran, Syria & many others are not happy about the U.S. leaving, despite what the Fake News says, because now they will have to fight ISIS and others, who they hate, without us. I am building by far the most powerful military in the world. ISIS hits us they are doomed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2018
Wait, what? They will have to fight ISIS without us? But I thought …
We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2018
You’re sending us some mixed messages there, Donny.
The Democrats, who know Steel Slats (Wall) are necessary for Border Security, are putting politics over Country. What they are just beginning to realize is that I will not sign any of their legislation, including infrastructure, unless it has perfect Border Security. U.S.A. WINS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2018
Translation: I WILL FUCKING DESTROY THIS COUNTRY UNTIL YOU MAKE ME A FUCKING WALL MADE OF STEEL SLATS, WHICH IS REALLY A FENCE, BUT WHATEVER, AND SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT MEXICO PAYING FOR IT.
With so much talk about the Wall, people are losing sight of the great job being done on our Southern Border by Border Patrol, ICE and our great Military. Remember the Caravans? Well, they didn’t get through and none are forming or on their way. Border is tight. Fake News silent!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2018
Translation: Remember the Caravans? That threat that I completely made up, that was never actually threat to begin with, because those Caravans amass all the time, and no threat ever materializes, but remember how I wasted millions of dollars in taxpayer money to unnecessarily send troops to the border during the holidays as a political stunt that completely backfired and then never spoke of it again after the midterms?
And Border Patrol is doing a great job, except for those times when 7-year-old girls die of dehydration in their custody. NOW GIVE ME MY FUCKING WALL.