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I’ve figured out what is wrong with Donald Trump. He is a permanent seven year old and I have proof. From 1953 – Buzz Corey Space Patrol
I think he is the most miserable person on earth. No friends. No one who he cares about or who cares about him.
So SFB by tweet of course sez we’re pulling troops out of Syria, having declared victory over ISIS (I call bullshit). Yesterday must have hit SFB hard if he’s trying to pull this rabbit, OK, squirrel, out of his hat to distract from the miserable news wave he’s riding with Flynn, the Trump Fdn. suit, the Fed signalling its raising rates again, the Dow…
10m ago 12:03
All US State Department staff will be withdrawn from Syria in the next 24 hours, per Reuters.
The move comes as the Trump administration is planning to withdraw US troops from the country.
40m ago 11:33
Another Republican Congressman is disputing Donald Trump’s claim that ISIS has been defeated in Syria, used to justify his decision to withdraw US troops from the country.
“This is simply not true,” said Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican and Air Force veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Really? Iran is rejoicing right now,” he said of the decision to withdraw. “We left Iraq, and had to come back. I would sure hope the President and his advisers are smarter than this.”
1h ago 10:56
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirms the US has begun withdrawing troops from Syria, but says they are ready to “re-engage” as necessary.
2h ago 10:31
The Pentagon is pushing to keep troops in Syria despite Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw them, according to a reporter for the Daily Beast.
But Pentagon officials who had sought to talk the president out of the decision as late as Wednesday morning argued that such a move would betray Kurdish allies who have fought alongside American troops in Syria and who could find themselves under attack in a military offensive now threatened by Turkey.
One American official said that Kurdish leaders were informed of the president’s decision on Wednesday morning.
”At this time, we continue to work by, with and through our partners in the region,” Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a short statement.
A second official said the withdrawal of troops would be phased out over several weeks and that the American-led airstrike campaign against the Islamic State in Syria, which began in 2014, would continue. That official said the military hoped to rely on Kurdish fighters on the ground to help with targeting.
Officials discussed the emerging policy on condition of anonymity before any announcement from the White House.
In a series of meetings and conference calls over the past several days, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and other senior national security officials have tried to dissuade Mr. Trump from a wholesale troop withdrawal, arguing that the significant national security policy shift would essentially cede foreign influence in Syria to Russia and Iran at a time when American policy calls for challenging both countries.
Abandoning the American-backed Kurdish allies, Pentagon officials have argued, will hamper future efforts by the United States to gain the trust of local fighters, from Afghanistan to Yemen to Somalia.
Turkey considers the American-backed Kurdish forces to be a terrorist group because of their connection to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, a Kurdish insurgency in the region. The Syrian Kurds hope to create an autonomous region in northeast Syria, similar to the one in neighboring Iraq. They now control around 30 percent of Syria’s territory.
Pentagon officials have been pushing for a diplomatic solution to the issue.
The Islamic State, a militant group also known as ISIS, has lost an nearly all of its territory in Iraq and Syria, where the 2,000 American troops are mostly advising a militia made up of Kurdish and Arab soldiers.
just this past september usatoday reported this interaction at a wh press conference:
Majeed Gly from the Rudaw Media Network.
“I’m a Kurd,” Gly explained to Trump ahead of his question.
“Good. Good, great people,” Trump responded. “They’re great people, they’re great fighters. I like them a lot. Let’s go, I like this question so far.”
Gly asked what the U.S. would do to help the Kurds after they “helped the United States defeat ISIS.”
“Well, we are helping them a lot, and we’ve been very friendly with them,” Trump said. “And as you know, we’ve fought side-by-side and we have defeated ISIS, essentially, a very short while ago in the Middle East and we did it with a lot of help from the Kurds. And they are, they’re great fighters. You know, some people are great fighters and some people aren’t – the Kurds are great fighters. And they’re great, great people
Wow, what a difference an hour makes between 2pm and 3pm the Dow dropped 700 pts
Makes me happy that last month I stuffed all my money in the mattress.
I just turned 65 last week that officially makes me too old for this shit.
Looks like I somehow messed up commenting once again. eh. I good at it.
Here is something for Facebook users. In the settings look for “facial recognition”. It is set by default to “yes”. It is not people looking over pictures for you, it is FB to use to create better recognition software. I set it to “no” and started downloading the data in preparation to finally give up on FB.
Jack, you be a youngster. 😉
All I can say about the latest fecklessness from SFB is “what a maroon; what an ultraviolet.” ISIS is effectively defeated? According to the Pentagon there are 10 times as many ISIS fighters in Syria as there are US Troops. OK, we’re there in a limited role. I get that, but after how many years there are still 20000-30000 ISIS fighters there? Goddamn idiot.
no wall sez Nancy P
At the end of this trailer is a wall worth having. Too bad that it is no longer standing.
Humpty Trumpty sat on a wall,Humpty Trumpty had a great fall……………………
Not to worry those troops in Syria are needed to protect our Southern boarder from an unarmed caravan
And, we’ll need the yuuuujest aircraft carrier ever, the USN trump Ocean, to keep Mexicans from crossing the Rio Grande.
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