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U.S. “must avoid strategic calamity in the Middle East” Senate leader McConnell says, even as tragedy unfolds after Trump decision to pull troops


This news story was published on October 14, 2019.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald J. Trump took a phone call with Turkey’s president last week, then pulled American troops out of neighboring Syria, leading to what appears to be a devastating invasion by the Turks against Kurds in Syria who fought to annihilate ISIS and a power vacuum quickly being filled by Syria, Russia and other players – perhaps ISIS itself, as terrorists flee prisons once guarded by Kurds.

The green light relayed to Turkey by President Trump on Sunday, October 6 during a phone call to Turkish President Erdogan to invade Syria and the startling domino effect that commenced due to the Turkish invasion of Northern Syria (dubbed “Operation Peace Spring”) has led even the staunchest right-wing politicians to declare an emergency. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said today:

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“I am gravely concerned by recent events in Syria and by our nation’s apparent response thus far. Turkey is our NATO ally and has legitimate security concerns stemming from the conflict in Syria. But Turkey’s offensive against our Syrian Kurdish partners is jeopardizing years of hard-won progress in the fight against ISIS. For years, the United States and our Syrian Kurdish partners have fought heroically to corner ISIS and destroy its physical caliphate. Abandoning this fight now and withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria would re-create the very conditions that we have worked hard to destroy and invite the resurgence of ISIS. And such a withdrawal would also create a broader power vacuum in Syria that will be exploited by Iran and Russia, a catastrophic outcome for the United States’ strategic interests. Withdrawing American leadership from this pivotal region would not serve our nation’s short-, medium-, or long-term interests. It would only make a troubling situation much worse, not only for regional partners such as Israel and Jordan but for the United States as well. These are the reasons why I co-sponsored legislation earlier this year that warned against leaving Syria or Afghanistan prematurely. A bipartisan supermajority of senators supported it. I look forward to discussing what the United States can do to avoid a strategic calamity with my Senate colleagues and with senior administration officials when the Senate returns to Washington this week.”

Now, as the world backlash mounts in the wake of the catastrophe, the U.S. State Department is echoing Trump’s new call for possible sanctions against the U.S. NATO Ally, Turkey, to stop the invasion. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said today:

Pompeo
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“On Friday, the United States signaled its intent to take action in response to Turkey’s ongoing unilateral military offensive in northeast Syria. President Donald J. Trump has now signed an Executive Order to press Turkey to halt its military offensive against northeast Syria and adopt an immediate ceasefire. The Executive Order gives the Department of Treasury and the Department of State, the authority to consider and impose sanctions on individuals, entities, or associates of the Government of Turkey involved in actions that endanger civilians or lead to the further deterioration of peace, security, and stability in northeast Syria. Three senior Turkish officials, the Ministry of Energy, and the Ministry of Defense have been designated for sanctions under these authorities, concurrent with the signing of the Executive Order. As the President has made clear, Turkey’s actions in northeast Syria severely undermine the D-ISIS campaign, endanger civilians, and threaten the security of the entire region. If Turkey’s operation continues, it will exacerbate a growing and daunting humanitarian crisis, with potentially disastrous consequences. To avoid suffering further sanctions imposed under this new Executive Order Turkey must immediately cease its unilateral offensive in northeast Syria and return to a dialogue with the United States on security in northeast Syria.”

Videos of slaughter by the Turkish military against Kurdish people and others have circulated on social media since the invasion.  Pundits and national security experts are saying that Russia, Syrian Strongman Assad, and other U.S. adversaries are lining up to fill the power vacuum left in Syria that just a small number of American troops held.

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12 Responses to U.S. “must avoid strategic calamity in the Middle East” Senate leader McConnell says, even as tragedy unfolds after Trump decision to pull troops

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 19, 2019 at 6:41 am

    We need to GTF out of Turkey, and take all our nukes with us. When we have ‘boomer’ submarines deployed all over the world, why in the hell would we want to still have our nukes deployed in the middle of the most backward, primitive, warlike region on the planet? If you think Erdogan has never, ever considered grabbing some of our nukes and becoming a ‘nuclear superpower’ overnight, then you are living in a dangerous dreamland.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 15, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    Our congress wants Trump to protect Syria’s border and not our own. What am I missing?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 15, 2019 at 8:27 am

    not our problem. let the savages murder eachother over retarded things that dont matter like religion.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 19, 2019 at 6:29 am

      You are blunt, but correct. Is your PC filter busted?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 15, 2019 at 7:00 am

    The KURDS and TURKS have been at war for hundreds of years. Our young men and women should not be endangered for their war. The KURDS also kill Christians every chance they get. Just because they had the same enemy as us once is no reason to get our young people killed.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 15, 2019 at 7:53 am

      Bullshit. The Kurds fought along side of Christians (who happened to members of our armed forces) trying to eliminate ISIS at the request of our nation. Their people helping us. We abandoned them.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 15, 2019 at 7:53 am

      Bullshit. The Kurds fought along side of Christians (who happened to members of our armed forces) trying to eliminate ISIS at the request of our nation. Their yong people died helping us. We abandoned them.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        October 15, 2019 at 8:15 am

        Bullshit yourself. Get up to speed or STFU!

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          October 15, 2019 at 11:21 am

          What do you know about the situation? Nothing except what the dumbass President tells you and that means you will believe anything. Military leaders throughout the military are extremely upset by trumps actions. How are any of our allies supposed to trust us now? Besides that, Trump let them know of his decision through twitter. What a freaking joke he is.

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            Anonymous

            October 16, 2019 at 6:40 am

            Military leaders always want a war. Trump promised to bring our troops home and he is doing that. That is so simple even a Dumb Ass like you can understand it.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 15, 2019 at 6:58 am

    *We are not going into another war between people who have been fighting with each other for 200 years. Europe had a chance to get their ISIS prisoners, but didn’t want the cost. “Let the USA pay,” they said…

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      October 19, 2019 at 6:34 am

      Yup. As f***ed-up as the Middle East was, it was better off BEFORE we stuck our military nose into it. Let’s get out of there,and for God’s sake, GET OUR NUKES OUT OF TURKEY!!!