hurricane trump did the right thing in syria and everyone is amazed and here margolis explores all of that;
President Trump has done the right thing with regard to America’s
troop deployment in Syria. Trump ordered the 2,000 US troops based in
Syria to get out and come home.
Neocons and the US war party are having apoplexy even though there
are some 50,000 US troops spread across the rest of the Mideast.
The US troops parked in the Syrian Desert were doing next to
nothing. Their avowed role was to fight the remnants of the ISIS
movement and block any advances by Iranian forces. As a unified
fighting force, ISIS barely exists, if it ever did. Cobbled together,
armed and financed by the US, the Saudis and Gulf Emirates to overthrow
Syria’s regime, ISIS ran out of control and became a menace to everyone.
In fact, what the US was really doing was putting down a marker for a
possible US future occupation of war-torn Syria that risked constant
clashes with Russian forces there.
We will breathe a big sigh of relief if the US deployment actually
goes ahead: it will remove a major risk of war with nuclear-armed
Russia, whose forces are in Syria at the invitation of the recognized
government in Damascus. The US has no strategic interest in Syria and
no business at all being militarily involved there. Except perhaps that
the war party wants never-ending wars abroad for arms production and
Trump’s abrupt pullout from Syria has shocked and mortified
Washington’s war party and neocon fifth column. They were hoping
reinforced US forces would go on to attack Damascus and move against
Iranian forces. It was amusing to watch the anguish of such noted
warlike chickenhawks as Sen. Lindsay Graham and the fanatical national
security advisor John Bolton as their hopes for a US war against Syria
diminished. Israel was equally dismayed: its strategic plan has long
been to fragment Syria and gobble up the pieces.
The venerable imperial general and defense secretary, Jim Mattis,
couldn’t take this de-escalation. He resigned. Marine General Mattis
was one of the few honorable and respected members of the Trump
administration and a restraint on the president’s impulses. To his
credit, he opposed the reintroduction of torture by US forces, a crime
promoted by Trump, Bolton and Chicago enforcer Mike Pompeo........https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/12/eric-margolis/trump-does-the-right-thing-in-syria/