Earlier today, President Trump stunned the world by announcing his intention to immediately withdraw the United States’ military presence from the war-torn country of Syria. He erroneously claimed that ISIS has been defeated so that he could paint the decision as the natural next step following an imagined victory.
Experts were quick to decry the decision, with many correctly pointing out that an American withdrawal would be a gift to Vladimir Putin and the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, who continues to murder his own people en masse in the region.
Now, retired four-star general Barry McCaffrey has weighed in on Trump’s decision. He appeared on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” and cut through the muddied discourse on the topic to explain exactly what the implications of American withdrawal are.
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McCaffrey called Trump’s Syria tweet announcement “good news for the Iranians, for Hezbollah, for the Russians and most importantly for al-Assad, who will now see a chance to finish them off.”
The respected former military leader then took his analysis a step further and offered his insight into why he thinks Trump made the ill-conceived decision. He believes it was a sweetheart deal between Turkish President Recep Erdoğan and Trump.
“It looks as if it was cooked up essentially one-on-one between Erdoğan and Mr. Trump, in which he says, look, the Turks are buying a bunch of our military equipment and he ceded the battlefield – this is speculation – to the Turks,” McCaffrey said.
The general was referring to a recent announcement that the State Department has given the rubber stamp to $3.5 billion in missile sales to Turkey. The Turkish regime is currently waging a brutal, murderous war against the Kurdish people in northwestern Syria and has a vested interest in less American involvement in the region.
Something I wrote after Turkey invaded Afrin and it’s surrounding villages (YPJ/J held, predominantly Kurdish area). Their proxies’ looting, violence and ethnic cleansing caused a mass refugee exodus. Things have gotten much worse since this was published https://t.co/GnqaBRawbT
— Molly Crabapple (@mollycrabapple) December 19, 2018
It’s unfortunately quite conceivable that Trump would agree to cede the area to Turkish military interests in return for the missile sale since he was willing to wave off the murder of Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of the Saudis in return for large arms deal money. Our president has no moral compass and no sense of national security, choosing instead to sell out our country and our allies to the highest bidder.