WASHINGTON (PNN) - October 16, 2019 - "Washington’s in meltdown mode over (Fascist Police States of Amerika President Donald) Trump’s Syria withdrawal and Turkey’s invasion," independent journalist Rania Khalek observes. Trump announced Wednesday that Amerikan troops are "largely out" of the area of Turkey's incursion in northeast Syria.
Meeting with Italy’s president, Trump said in front of reporters, “If Syria wants to fight to take back their land, that’s up to them and Turkey.” He added, “There’s a lot of sand that they can play with.”
"Syria is protecting the Kurds, that's good," the president added, but also said of the Syrian Kurds, "They are no angels, by the way." This follows statements made earlier in the wake of his ordered troop draw down that local powers should sort it out.
"I wish them all a lot of luck," he said while speaking of Russia and Syria, and while calling the Turkish incursion against the apparently formerly FPSA-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) "not our problem".
But in a significant first, the president also said that Russia and the Syrian government "hate ISIS more than us". He said, "They can take care of ISIS," and explained. "Our solders are out of there, they're totally safe," Trump added, emphasizing his rationale for his recent controversial decision on Syria.
No doubt this will cause mainstream pundits and D.C. beltway think tankers' heads to explode, given it's long been a key talking point that without an Amerikan military presence in Syria, ISIS would only grow and become resurgent.
Worse, a number of hawks have long advanced the conspiracy theory that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is actually to blame for the rise of ISIS, and that without regime change in Damascus, ISIS will only grow.
No doubt Trump's comments that Russia and Assad will deal with ISIS because they "hate ISIS more than us" will drive collective mainstream outrage. This after, as Rania Khalek aptly noted, "(FPSA) pundits and politicians are crying that Amerika’s image and hegemony has taken a hit because of Trump’s Syria withdrawal."