Trump Pulls Troops From Syria – What Happens Next?
In my article from April, I explained why I did not believe President Trump would increase our military presence in Syria. Now that he has announced a pullout of troops in Syria and the drawdown of troop strength in Afghanistan, it’s time to evaluate where things may be headed.
There’s no shortage of criticism of President Trump’s decision from both the left and the right—from military leaders as well as politicians. Most who disagree with the President have expressed their criticism as a fear that terrorists will be emboldened by our withdrawal from the region and the situation will worsen after we leave.
As Northwest Prophetic says, “True, but irrelevant.”
Terrorist activity may indeed worsen in the region after we leave. But is it actually our problem? Are we morally obligated to continue sending thousands of Americans men and women to die in the middle east over the next 20 years simply because a terrorist cell may gain a foothold? At what point does it become the responsibility of middle east nations to provide for and ensure their own security?
We’ve been engaged in one war after another in the middle east. General Wesley Clark said it was because a few high ranking people in the Pentagon decided that continued war would become our unofficial foreign policy. We elected Donald Trump because he promised to end that foreign policy.
Trump permitted Defense Secretary Mattis to continue the war in Syria for only one reason: to bomb the hell out of ISIS. That objective has been accomplished.
Now that ISIS has been decimated, Trump is doing what he promised to do. He’s bringing our troops home. Mattis didn’t agree with that policy decision and offered his resignation.
Unlike past Presidents, Trump isn’t under the thumb of the Pentagon, Congress or the deep state. They have no leverage over him and they can’t control him. The policy of endless war that has enriched the military-industrial complex and its parasites is over. Their hysterical fear mongering proves that they know it’s over.
I trust Trump’s judgment regarding foreign policy because he has a proven track record. From re-building America’s military to destroying ISIS, ending the Iran deal, attempting to secure the southern border with no help from the courts and Congress and negotiating the denuclearization of North Korea (which no one thought possible), Trump has consistently proven the naysayers wrong. His critics, by the way, are the ones who created the problems he’s had to fix.
The CIA’s presence in Asia has been a destabilizing influence. Their overthrow of Iran’s Prime Minister in 1953 established their unspoken policy of regime change. Since then, the agency has managed to gain leverage over governmental leaders around the world through a campaign of carefully managed wars.
Qanon tipped us off in March that the CIA’s influence in North Korea had finally been removed. The removal of their leverage over Kim Jong-un paved the way for Trump to negotiate peace with him.
Following that model, I would assume Trump has been systematically removing the CIA’s influence in Afghanistan, Syria, and Iran. If he’s withdrawing troops from the region, I would assume it’s because peace negotiations are coming (if not already underway).
I stumbled across an old post from Q this week that has given me hope. It indicates that Trump’s long-term plan is to dismantle the CIA. It’s too corrupt to be cleaned. Q said the agency’s operations will be transferred to the NSA. (I would assume CIA Chief Gina Haspel is in on the plan or she would not have been chosen as director.) If true, it may explain why Trump is confident that he can bring our troops home without the risk of reigniting wars or increasing terrorism.
Saudi Arabia desperately wants to be viewed as the leader in the Middle East. President Trump has been working closely with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to make that a reality. (I suspect the recent debacle over Khashoggi was a CIA operation intended to damage their budding relationship.) Saudi Arabia just announced it will deploy additional troops to Syria to help the Kurdish fighters. The UAE is also sending more troops. Trump seems to have convinced his allies that if they want to be seen as the region’s leaders, it will require them to step up and do their part to help keep the peace.