When I first heard of the news that President Trump announced spur of the moment that he was going to pull our troops out of Syria I must say it threw me for a loop, many reasons came to my mind as to why the heck was he doing this at this point of time? In the back of my mind I knew Trump would not have made a decision like taking the troops out of Syria without a reason. Now in my mind was what was the reason, my common sense told me it was not as simplistic as some were saying that it was to fulfill a campaign promise of not getting involved with nation building. I just read an article that has put some light on how Trump made the decision and it makes perfect sense.
The following was posted by The Daily Caller, published by Tea Party Official News: “President Donald Trump reportedly stumped national security adviser John Bolton with one crucial question before making his heavily-criticized decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria.”
“The president agreed to the withdrawal during a December 14 phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, two officials told NBC News, but the original purpose of the call had been “for Trump to tell Erdogan to back off” threats to attack American supported Kurdish rebels, NBC reported.”
“But Trump went off-script during the call and agreed with Erdogan, particularly when the Turkish president asked Trump, “Why are you still there?” when the Islamic State had been 99 percent defeated. Erdogan reportedly told Trump that his country could handle what was left.”
“Then, Trump stumped Bolton, who was “forced to admit” Erdogan’s point. NBC News reported: “With Erdogan on the line, Trump asked national security adviser John Bolton, who was listening in, why American troops remained in Syria if what the Turkish president was saying was true, according to the officials. Erdogan’s point, Bolton was forced to admit, had been backed up by Mattis, Pompeo, U.S. special envoy for Syria Jim Jeffrey and special envoy for the anti-ISIS coalition Brett McGurk, who have said that IS retains only 1 percent of its territory, the officials said.”
I assume that the key decision making point was when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan advised President Trump that his country could handle the final wrap-up of ISIS. Now someone can ask how can someone totally believe Erdogan’s word to be true, well for one thing I don’t believe that Turkey is fans of the Islamic State and why should America be caught up in a civil war over there considering ISIS has been 99 percent defeated and you have the President of Turkey saying he will “handle what is left.”
As we see this was not some knee-jerk reaction by President Trump. My main concern before I saw the statement coming from the President of Turkey was what if ISIS grew in force again and started once again to slaughter Christians through out the area. One thing I know about the Turk’s is that they are fierce fighters that our fighting men witnessed in the Korean war it being a United Nations mission. Now if Turkey went back on it’s word and ISIS once again gained a foothold in Syria what is there to prevent President Trump to go in there one more time and wrap it all up himself, well nothing at all!