Wednesday, October 16, 2019

‘I can’t even look at the atrocities’: U.S. troops say Trump’s Syria withdrawal betrayed an ally

Mod: Nobody understands more clearly the consequences of Trump's betrayal of the Kurdish people than the Americans who fought in Syria. Their anger at his actions is loud and clear.

‘I can’t even look at the atrocities’: U.S. troops say Trump’s Syria withdrawal betrayed an ally (MSN.com link): Watching the rapid disintegration of security in Syria and the U.S. withdrawal, Marty Palmer recalled the night an Islamic State car bomb exploded near the Kurdish unit partnered with his Army Special Forces team.

The attack in the summer of 2017 killed about eight Kurdish fighters, Palmer said. U.S. soldiers spent much of the night patching up about a dozen survivors, who were then whisked away to a nearby Kurdish medical facility.

“I look at that event and it stands out to me as so representative of the sacrifice the Kurds made in the fight against ISIS,” Palmer said, using an acronym that describes the Islamic State. “It’s just one of many instances where they showed that type of bravery. The very next day, they were right back at it.”

Palmer, 32, is among several thousand U.S. troops and veterans who served in northern Syria and are witnessing the messy end of a years-long alliance with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

The U.S.-backed militia has been one of America’s closest partners in the war against the Islamic State since 2014, and some 11,000 Kurdish fighters have been killed in combat against the terrorist group. But with President Trump’s orders to withdraw all 1,000 U.S. troops from northern                                      in the face of a Turkish offensive, those who have served alongside Kurdish forces are left to consider America’s new place in the world.

“It feels like we’re abandoning our closest ally in the fight against ISIS, and we’re abandoning them to a fate that is going to end very poorly for them,” said Palmer, who left active duty last year. To 'completely abandon' a force that has “given thousands of lives for this conflict is really tough to watch.”

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, asked Monday about the service members' criticism on Syria, said he likes candor, but that soldiers must not be disobedient. “Everybody has an opinion in a war of ideas,” he said, speaking at a conference by the Association of the U.S. Army. “But ultimately, when national policy decisions are made, we salute and move out.”

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33 comments:

  1. A senior adviser to Mike Pompeo just resigned. Now he's set to testify in the impeachment probe

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/16/politics/who-is-mike-mckinley/index.html

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  2. When I joined the Marines in 1973 one of the selling points was that we never left ours. Not true anymore. Now we just run.

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    1. Wasn’t true then either. US cut n ran from Vietnam

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  3. Gallup: Congress Approval, Support for Impeaching Trump Both Up

    https://news.gallup.com/poll/267491/congress-approval-support-impeaching-trump.aspx

    This update, from an Oct. 1-13 Gallup poll, finds that Trump's approval rating remains flat, at 39%, compared with 40% in the late September update. It is on the low end of the 37% to 46% range recorded in 2019 so far, with the 37% readings coming in January during the government shutdown. Currently, 87% of Republicans, 34% of independents and 5% of Democrats approve of the job Trump is doing.

    Public opinion on whether Trump should be impeached remains mixed, but Americans now lean slightly more in favor of impeachment and removal from office compared with where they stood in June.

    Currently, 52% say Trump should be impeached and removed from office, while 46% say he should not be. This is roughly the opposite of what Gallup found in June when asked in the context of special counselor Robert Mueller's investigation.

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    1. Poles schmoles...who cares about public opinion... just land this in reality and remove the clown. I'm tired of reading about what we all think, how we "feel" about things... I'm done feeling... time for ACTION. all of us already know trump needs to be in the past.

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    2. I wish one of those polls would call me.

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  4. When times get tough (djt) the tough go on a murdering spree and sell out the U.S.A. allies. Then (djt) turn around an make cozy alliances with KNOWN murderous communist and total dictatorial countries for egotistical fame and monetary gains. https://www.businessinsider.com/pentagon-blames-trump-for-return-of-isis-syria-and-iraq-2019-8

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  5. ‘Total humiliation of the USA’: Trump roasted for Turkey’s snub of Mike Pence

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday declared that he would not meet with American Vice President Mike Pence, who had traveled to the Turkish capital of Ankara to discuss a potential ceasefire in northern Syria.

    Specifically, the Turkish leader insisted that he would only meet President Donald Trump himself to discuss any matters related to his country’s invasion of Syria.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/10/total-humiliation-of-the-usa-trump-roasted-for-turkeys-snub-of-mike-pence/

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    1. Can you imagine Mike Pence over there trying to convince anyone of anything other than to drink a nice warm glass of milk before turning in for the night? That guy has got NOTHING going on.... I'm surprised Trump gave him this task, since Trump can still tweet from outside our country. Guess he had another golf game scheduled.

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    2. Pence is an empty suit.

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  6. Trump Is A Rat. He is a rat and a criminal. The Kurds have been loyal allies to us for years. Trump does not have a foreign policy. He is simply incompetent, and has no plan. He needs to be kicked out of office, via impeachment or just getting voted out.

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    1. Please respond directly to the comment you wish to discuss. Thanks!

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  8. Gallop poll is split on the subject of impeachment, but one cannot deny the economy and job growth; impeachment will never happen. FOUR MORE YEARS.

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    1. Actually the Gallup poll shows that 52% want Trump impeached and removed from office, while 46% do not. A big increase in pro-impeachment sentiment. This is also a difference of 6 points. How can you call that a split?

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    2. 6:27 - People are getting slaughtered but Russia is gaining ground. How is this OK in your mind?

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    3. economy will be great until the Earth dies, one of the links will cause our food chain to fall apart so quickly your gut will turn, and then, you'll be hungry and die. There might be a server somewhere with your wonderful large bank account on it from this so-called currently great economy, but that won't matter because you'll be dead, your family will be dead, your kids and dog will be dead, your goldfish will die a slow death too. The crows will last longer than you, because they don't care about the economy, they just know how to survive better.

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    4. 6:27 may you suffer a painful end.

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  9. Just when you thought is could not get any worse, this tu_d floats in (djt) punch bowl. We all have heard the (djt) punch line of being a great negotiator, and bankruptcy's just follow him around daily. https://news.yahoo.com/china-threatens-retaliate-u-passes-005012704.html

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  10. How to lie and still make money in the "orange face clowns world". More ways to lie, cheat and steal. https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-inc-podcast-never-before-seen-trump-tax-documents-show-major-inconsistencies

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  11. Does anyone believe Donny anymore?

    ‘Fraud and fabrication!’ Trump erupts on Twitter as his former aides deliver bombshell testimony
    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/10/fraud-and-fabrication-trump-erupts-on-twitter-as-his-former-aides-deliver-bombshell-testimony

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  12. Back to real world problems. Communist Chinese trade negotiations are fading fast Oct. 2019The trade deal or deals were just a show or sham with (djt) they figured him out very early that he was an idiot. He also was found to be a fool when it came to military intelligence? They played this clown like a cheap fiddle to show the world how foolish and stupid (djt) was and the people of America had elected this fool.
    https://www.axios.com/us-china-trade-war-deal-phase-1-07aac015-45ad-4fdd-a3fe-608c32151c11.html?

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  13. The enemy has won, America is going down in it's own civil war, the south has risen again with the help of Russia. Russia has won, US has lost.

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  14. Forth man is caught at an airport of course, how stupid can these (djt) stooges be? Oh my gosh that quest was answered before the ink hit the paper. Has anyone asked where the firing squad wall will placed or the gallows or better yet the guillotine? Any suggestions? https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/fourth-defendant-in-giuliani-associates-case-arrested-at-new-york-airport/2019/10/16/2c3ea19e-f024-11e9-89eb-ec56cd414732_story.html

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  15. LOL, the guy who literally was once the mastermind of the KGB, has yet again out negotiated a real estate developer with multiple bankruptcies, a fraudulent university, and a corrupt foundation

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  17. US nuclear bombs at Turkish airbase complicate rift over Syria invasion

    An estimated 50 nuclear bombs stored at a US airbase in Turkey have become potential bargaining chips in the tense relationship between Washington and Ankara in the wake of the Turkish offensive into Syria.

    Although Donald Trump gave a green light to the offensive in a phone call eight days ago with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the US Congress is planning to impose severe sanctions on Turkey. Trump, facing a backlash from his party for acquiescing in the invasion, has backed punitive measures.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/14/us-bombs-at-turkish-airbase-complicate-rift-over-syria-invasion

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    1. Right now, Russia is looking over the nuclear bombs we left behind....kind of like a yard sale ....

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  18. Pull troops out of Syria to please Turkey and assure that his Towers in Turkey are safe. Redeploy troops to Saudi lands to assure his Luxury Resort gets built there. Turn back on allies who fought ISIS for us. Prisoners released with elevated hate fo America will soon be here and throughout the world killing us. Trumps boss Putin is happy ( great birthday gift), and gains much. Kurds are murdered. But all Trumps foreign properties are protected now with rented lives.......American soldiers . And you want to wait out impeachment circus? Where are our true American patriots?

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  19. At last, one testicle may have partially descended:

    https://www.foxnews.com/media/lindsey-graham-worst-nightmare-syria

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