PLEASE, people, let us put some adults in charge of this sinking ship!!! In a nutshell, if you combine all the statements about Syria and condense them into a single statement, it reads something like this:
We are going to withdraw all U.S. forces from Syria by the end of last year, but it may not happen for several years.
Scratching your head over that one, aren’t you? See, what happens here is that Donald Trump gets up one morning all in a fizz and while he’s sitting on the potty wondering what to tweet next, an idea comes to him. So, without consulting any of the two people on his staff who have brains, he tweets that he will be pulling all U.S. troops out of Syria. Then, as an afterthought, he tweets that this will happen by the end of December.Imagine the look of utter incredulity on the faces of James Mattis, John Bolton and Mike Pompeo on seeing that tweet as they sit at their breakfast tables! We know Mattis’ take on it, for it gave him the reason he had probably been looking for to tender his resignation and get off the Trumptanic before it meets the iceberg. Bolton likely turned red in the face and nearly had apoplexy, moustaches twitching while his eyebrows went up and down. And Pompeo probably just popped yet another donut into his mouth.Apparently, despite his bluster and his reputation as a warmonger, even Bolton has a problem with Trump’s decision, bred of ignorance, but he could hardly ignore his boss man, so he found a compromise this week … pull out the equipment and leave the troops! Brilliant … that way he can honestly say we are in the process of pulling out, yet not risk the lives of all Kurds and other innocent people in the area by leaving them unassisted with the threat of Turks attacking.Only thing is … without equipment, without jeeps, tanks and the like … of what use are the soldiers? And how safe are they? Oh this was such a well-thought-out, brilliant move! CHAOS! ICEBERG AHEAD!!!Interestingly, despite some equipment being moved out of Syria, the Department of Defense says that the number of U.S. troops in Syria may “increase slightly”. Trump, apparently after talking to Bolton, changed his ’30-day’ time frame to four months, but even that seems highly unachievable … and undesirable from a foreign policy point of view. I doubt that Bolton has had the nerve yet to tell him that he may increase the number of troops and that they may yet be there for years.
There are valid reasons for the U.S. to remain in Syria. One, daesh (aka ISIS) has not, as Trump said it had, been eradicated and if U.S. forces leave the area, are likely to regroup and increase their numbers. Two, Turkish President Erdoğan has already said that it is his intent to murder every Kurd in Syria, and without the protection of the U.S. troops, that is almost a certainty.
Trump is almost certain to have to eat some crow on this one … could that be part of the reason he’s digging his heels on the border wall? His ego cannot seem to take two major defeats in such a short time frame, and his buddy Sean Hannity will definitely not be pleased with him if he caves on the border wall.
Let’s talk about that border wall for a minute. I found it heartbreaking yesterday to read that some of the federal workers who have been without pay for nearly a month now are selling household goods on Ebay to try to scrape together enough to pay the rent and keep the electricity on … it is winter, y’know.
Meanwhile, Trump rides around in his ostentatious $1.5 million limo (we paid for that, too), takes Air Force One to Texas for a wasted trip that accomplished nothing at a cost of $200,000 per hour! And he obviously has not so much as missed a meal. He claims democrats are to blame for his ignominious shutdown for not being willing to negotiate, but in truth it is he who is not willing to negotiate. He has set a number he wants immediately for his wall at $5.7 billion, and that is the only outcome he will accept. He isn’t willing to settle for a portion of that amount … it’s all or nothing at all. So really, there is only one person to blame, and that person is definitely not a democrat! He will bankrupt this nation within the next six months at the current rate he is spending our money.
The victims of the chaos that reigns in this administration are each and every one of us. It only begins with those 800,000+ workers who are in danger of losing their homes, cars and even lives, but in the near future the pain will trickle down to us all. This is the most irresponsible presidency in the history of this nation, bar none. It’s time we put some adults in charge, for we damn sure don’t have any today!