Changing tune on Trump Syria policy
WASHINGTON - On the war in Syria, there may an about-face in Washington may be in the works regarding the president’s decision to withdraw more than 2,000 U.S. troops.
On Dec. 20, Sen. Lindsey Graham had this swift rebuttal to the policy in an 18-minute speech on the Senate floor.
"I don’t support this decision and I am hoping it will change," he said.
On Sunday, he had a far different assessment:
“I think the president has come up with a plan with his generals that makes sense to me,” he said after a meeting with President Trump at the White House.
The president’s decision to withdraw troops is believed to be a major factor in Defense Secretary Jim Mattis abruptly resigning.
Fast forward to today, a strategy seems to be taking shape. The New York Times is reporting the Kurds have asked the Asaad regime to step in.
National Security Adviser John Bolton announced on Twitter he'll be heading to Turkey and Israel to outline the next steps, and the withdrawal of U.S. troops now seems to be backed by the Pentagon as well.
In a series of Monday morning tweets the president wrote .just doing what i said i was going to do...i campaigned against never-ending wars remember.
Dr. Sebastian Gorka, a former White House Adviser and champion of the president's policy said this:
"He always said the last 17 years we’ve seen American personnel killed, maimed, trillions wasted in the Middle East and Southeast Asia so the idea he’s bringing Marines home shouldn’t surprise anyone,” he said
But with Congress on recess and the government shut down, a lot of the other critics of the president’s policy are muted right now, as so many questions and concerns remain about this plan to withdraw U.S. troops.
"What a us walking away from this country means is that the us is now handing Syria completely to the Iranians, the Russians and now Turkey as well,” said Seth Jones, Director of Transnational Threats Projects, for the Center for Strategic and International Security (CSIS)