So oh boy are the neocons and the permanent establishment out in force to say that we must fight for Assad against ISIS and ISIS against Assad and Iran against Al Qaeda and Al Qaeda against Russia and the Kurds against ISIS and maybe the Kurds against Turkey all in order to accomplish something or other.
Here's how the founder of the Project for the New American Century, which dreamt up the war in Iraq we were later lied into put it:
We should all be alarmed because pulling out is crrrraaaaazzzzzzy! We must stay the course and follow through on our great plan. A plan that works something like this:
1. Fund and support every side of the Syrian conflict
3. Create a prosperous, Jeffersonian democracy.
American involvement in Syria is even dumber than when Obama and Clinton knowingly sided with Al Qaeda to overthrow the secular dictatorship of Libya. (A country which now has open-air chattel slave markets by the way.) So Trump took the gloves off on ISIS and they've lost 98 percent of their territory since his term began. But you can't really ever completely eliminate ISIS. As Scott Horton points out, even if you eliminate all of ISIS, if one guy picks up a rifle and says he's part of ISIS, ISIS is back. For all intents and purposes, ISIS as a political entity in Syria is gone.
The same liars who lied us into Iraq are throwing a hissy fit over Trump withdrawing our troops from Syria and possibly some of the troops from the forever war in Afghanistan. Oh the horror! Just like they did when the mainstream press and neocon traitors convinced 70 percent of Americans that Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11, they have tried to conflate the blatantly obvious point that ISIS and Assad or enemies. Here's one example from the lady who's done more for the institution of slavery than anyone since Jefferson Davis:
You get that folks? We're going to empower ISIS and the enemy of the ISIS. Uh huh...
The whole goal in Syria was regime change all along, make no mistake about it. That's why they were willing to make a de facto alliance with ISIS and Al Qaeda and pretend the mystical "moderate rebels" existed when they, of course, did not.
Just like with Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, overthrowing another secular regime would be a catastrophe. This is so embarrassingly obvious it's painful. The idea that Trump would have to be a Russian agent or in the pocket of Putin to make such an obvious decision is beyond stupid and it makes one wonder whether our warmongering mainstream press may actually be the "enemy of the people" Trump claims they are.
And furthermore, there really is no other option than regime change for a "US victory" in a mission that was never approved by congress or the UN and has no clearly defined objective. This is also obvious because as Hillary so helpfully notes; we are opposed to everyone there! Everyone but the Kurds who only control a small part of northeast Syria. Indeed, protecting the Kurds is the only possible reason to stay. But what were the odds the US would forever side with a nonexistent state against its Nato "ally" in Turkey? Trump negotiated with Erdogan right before his announced pullout and Erdogan has announced he will delay any planned offensive, hopefully indefinitely. But in the end, as with our inevitable defeat in Afghanistan, whatever was going to happen there was going to happen.
Invading foreign countries and siding with head-chopping terrorists has consequences folks. Perhaps we should just stop.
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