Turkish forces were planning to enter Syria soon, to go after [our allies] the Kurdish PKK, and warned US troops to get out of the way.
The fear among US military commanders and Pentagon chiefs is that the US will not be able to protect our Kurdish and Syrian allies – the Syrian Democratic Forces (or “SDF”) who have fought alongside US forces to defeat ISIS and retake Raqqa.
Those Kurdish forces and allies are likely to be slaughtered. As one senior US Defense official said – “no one will ever work or ever fight with us in the middle-East ever again”, as a result of this hasty withdrawal and the abandonment of those Kurds who risked everything to fight with the U.S. against ISIS.
Not a single US military commander or leader at the Pentagon agrees with the president’s unilateral decision to pull all 2,000 US troops out of Syria, leaving a vacuum that Iran and ISIS will fill.
The decision is being viewed by the military as a Christmas gift to Russian president Vladimir Putin who welcomed the news at a news conference in Moscow today.
The 56-year-old law professor plans to challenge Tina Smith, appointed to Al Franken’s seat in Minnesota after the former comedian’s controversial resignation, in a Democratic primary in August.
Trump’s potential offences, says Painter, include alleged collusion with Russia, receipts of foreign government money, profits and benefits in violation of the constitution and attacks on the freedom of the press. “When he tweets about the lying press, we’ve never seen anything like that the United States. The constant public berating of the free press makes it very clear that he wishes he could crack down on the free press.
“We’ve seen attacks on specific media outlets – CNN, the New York Times – over and over again. We have not seen rhetoric like that in any presidential election or by any president and the only time I have any record of seeing that kind of rhetoric was the 1932 election in Germany. You don’t talk about the press that way in the United States.”
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