There is no one knowledgeable about foreign affairs, in Washington, or the press, who is endorsing Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria. Even the likes of Lindsey Graham and Fox & Friends are opposing Trump’s decision. Graham has promised to introduce a resolution in the Senate to reverse the decision, and even Brian Kilmeade, said on Fox & Friends Monday morning, “I hope that the president will rethink this.” So, in the face of all this push back, even from Trump’s staunchest allies, what oh what was in his mind that made him make this decision?
So did Trump just betray the Kurds because
(a) He has business interests in Turkey
(b) Erdogan, being a brutal autocrat, is his kind of guy
(c) His boss Vladimir Putin told him to
Remarkable that all three stories are perfectly plausible.
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) October 7, 2019
This is probably not the time to interject black humor, but this next one is true. Today is indeed Vladimir Putin’s birthday.
Option (D) : Today is Vladimir Putin's birthday, and you know how hard he is to shop for. https://t.co/pxsRTGj4DX
— Ray [REDACTED] (@RayRedacted) October 7, 2019
Erdogan is probably threatening to turn on Kushner and spill the beans about Kashoggi's death.
— J Sauter 🌎☮️🌊 (@windblaster62) October 7, 2019
The reason you can be certain that Trump has a corrupt motive for this Syria withdrawal:
There is no person, no constituency, no advisor in the United States that supports this or even suggested it to him.
This only benefits Turkey and Russia.
— awwHALEnaww (@awwHALEnaww) October 7, 2019
Two Trump Towers in Turkey. So ya I think Trumps made a deal for political help from both Turkey and Russia
— AmericanStar (@Starring2111) October 7, 2019
I would add #4. He is so incompetent and unfit, he actually believes the threat of not stopping Turkey will force Europe to immediately take back the ISIS fighters. His pea brain sees no issue with using the deaths of thousands of Kurds as leverage. Even if it won't work.
— Mitchell " Mick " Moore (@Mitchel85494817) October 7, 2019
I have a theory of my own I’m going to kick in here. Nothing is real in the world of Donald Trump. It’s all about publicity and image. I think that he did this to A) sway the news cycle away from impeachment and B) have another “victory” to proclaim. You know how he loves to stroll out of the White House and tell reporters statistics, usually false, about how wonderful the economy is, and it’s all his doing? This is another “I should get a Nobel Peace Prize” ploy. I think he’s that clueless. All he knows is television and showmanship, and this is another skit to him. He has no idea about the real life and death dimension of this action. He doesn’t follow world affairs, never has. He only knows about celebrity and the role he’s play acting as POTUS, and this strikes him as good publicity. I think it’s that simple. But we’ll see where this goes. This is melting down faster than Three Mile Island.