i do not support hurricane trump, or any of his predecessors since the cia killed jfk. my thinking is that all of those from lbj onward have been tools of the deep state who killed jfk with the possible exception of nixon who may have been done in by the same group that did jfk because nixon wasn't toeing the line either so watergate was a suitable substitute for a bullet. this syrian pullout is an exception of major surprise for me and i think it may be the first thing i've seen trump actually accomplish that will be good for 'consumers';
Open-ended war continuation has so much momentum in the US that
President Trump’s announced pullout from Syria shocked the nation.
Followed up the same week with a drawdown from Afghanistan, the
mainstream is now completely apoplectic.
On the left and right, comfort with the status quo was virtually
uniform. The arguments behind condemning the drawdowns vary depending on
the side of the aisle the commenter is on, but the message is uniform
opposition to ending a war Congress never authorized in the first place.
Conservative hawks are playing the usual fear-mongering about threats
that have been ongoing since 2001, with suggestions that either not
being in Syria, or being in Afghanistan but at a lower troop number,
will lead to “the next 9/11.”
Perma-hawk Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has never seen an escalation he
didn’t like, and he is demanding Senate hearings on Trump’s troop level
changes. It’s not clear such hearings will happen, however.
In Afghanistan, this is hardly the first drawdown the US has done, and
despite Graham opposing them all, they’ve generally just happened. It’s
also not clear the Senate has any say in how the Syrian War is being
engaged in, or not engaged in, as the Senate has consistently refused to
vote on the question of authorizing the US to be in Syria in the first
Others were quick to call Trump’s policy in Syria “Obama-like,” even
though Obama is the one who sent troops to Syria in the first place, and
Trump campaigned in 2016, at least at times, on the idea of eventually
withdrawing. Eventually withdrawing works as a campaign slogan, but
clearly officials never expected it to happen as a real policy.
Among Democrats, the argument is a bit more confused but no less shrill,
as they’ve attacked Trump’s hawkish impulses, but are now accusing him
of acting hastily and arbitrarily in
ending the war. That Russia has not favored the US presence in Syria is
only riling up the argument that Putin is driving US policy as well.
Yet the arguments for staying in Syria, or Afghanistan, aren’t
particularly strong, and it is only that both parties’ leadership have
so consistently balked at exploring the question that seems to have left
many with the impression that the very question was off the table.
The American public, however, seems to broadly support Trump’s decision
to withdraw from Syria, and to bring some troops home from Afghanistan.
The White House switchboard is laden with calls of support.........https://news.antiwar.com/2018/12/21/elites-united-in-panic-over-syria-pullout-afghanistan-drawdown/