After reading a new essay for the New Yorker by Jeffrey Toobin that explains at length how Donald Trump’s 2016 scandal with Russian interference in the presidential election and his current scandal trying to push Ukraine to investigate his political opponents are actually directly linked. We are compelled to point out another even more serious cowardly criminal act, US pulling troops out of Northern Syria to the benefit of ISIS (Daesh).
“The Russia, Syria, and Ukraine scandals are, in fact, one giant humiliating story for the US
These three scandals all involve the advancement of Russian interests and the benefit of Vladimir Putin.
“In the Ukrainian chapter, Trump has done Putin’s bidding, to the extent that he can, going so far as to embrace a discredited conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 campaign,” Toobin explains. “The rest of the U.S. government has never been as enamored of Putin as Trump is. That includes Republicans in Congress, who joined the Democrats in voting for military aid to Ukraine. Trump wants no part of the conflict with Putin, but the aid package tied his hands.”
This Syria retreat is an outright surrender to Putin of Russia and Erdogan of Turkey.
The retreat followed a late Sunday statement by the Trump White House that the United States would not intervene in a long-threatened Turkish offensive into northern Syria. The announcement, which signaled an abrupt end to a months-long American effort to broker peace between two important allies, came after a call between Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Erdogan said in a speech Monday that the withdrawal began soon after their phone call.
A U.S. official confirmed to The Washington Post that American troops left observation posts in the border villages of Tel Abyad and Ras al-Ayn at 6:30 a.m. local time.
The fast-moving developments threatened a fresh military conflagration in a large swath of northern Syria, stretching from east of the Euphrates River to the border with Iraq. Syrian Kurds had established an autonomous zone in the area during more than eight years of Syria’s civil war.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in a statement critical of the United States, said the American troops have begun pulling out.
“The United States forces have not fulfilled their obligations and withdrew their forces from the border area with Turkey,” the statement said. “This Turkish military operation in north and east Syria will have a big negative impact on our war against Daesh (ISIS) and will destroy all stability that was reached in the last few years.”
Meanwhile, the Iranians are smiling like the Cheshire Cat
Raw Story, Washington Post and the New Yorker