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Was Trump Blackmailed Into Syria Pullout?

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Was Trump Blackmailed Into Syria Pullout?

Was Trump Blackmailed Into Syria Pullout?
December 27
17:14 2018

Last week, President Trump announced that the U.S. is pulling out all 2000 of its troops from Syria, stating it had achieved its objective of “defeating ISIS” in the civil-war-torn country.  Many say it was the straw that broke the camel’s back and led to the resignation of former General John Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. Now, another retired general, Wesley Clark, says he suspects that Turkey’s leader may have blackmailed Trump into the pullout.

Speaking to CNN, the retired US General and former NATO Commander — without citing any evidence — claimed on CNN’s New Day, that Middle Eastern countries suspect Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may have blackmailed President Donald Trump into withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria.

Concerns About Turkey

When asked by host John Avalon, if he was concerned about the apparent influence of Turkey in the decision to withdraw, Clark replied:

“I am very concerned because there doesn’t seem to be any strategic rationale for the decision and if there is no strategic rationale for the decision, then you have to ask why the decision was made? I can tell you that people around the world are asking this. And some of our friends and allies in the Middle East are asking, ‘Did Erdogan blackmail the president? Was there a payoff or something? What is it? Why would the guy decide this?’ Because all the recommendations were against it. And it looked like all the facts are against it, too. We’re not quite finished with ISIS. We’re not taking a lot of casualties over there. The Kurds have been reliable allies. So why do this right now?”

Turkey is a NATO ally, and Clark was once head of NATO forces. However, while Clark raised these concerns, and says they echo concerns about others in the region, he presented no evidence whatsoever to back up such outlandish accusations of the President.

Trump’s announcement that he was withdrawing the U.S.’s 2,000 troops from Syria drew criticism from his national security team, senior Republicans and U.S. allies alike. Critics argued the move could allow fighters from militant group Islamic State (ISIS) to regain a foothold in the region, and leave the U.S.’s Kurdish allies on the ground exposed to attacks from Turkey.

However, for his part, Trump was willing to leave what is left of the problem in Syria to neighboring Turkey, tweeting, “President Erdogan of Turkey has very strongly informed me that he would eradicate whatever is left of ISIS in Syria….and he is a man who can do it plus, Turkey is right ‘next door.’ Our troops are coming home!”

Erdogan has told the President that Turkish forces would defeat the remnants of ISIS that remained in Syria, having been ousted from their main Syrian stronghold, Raqqa, by the U.S.-led coalition.
“In fact, as your friend, I give you my word in this,” Erdogan told the President, reported NBC News.

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13 Comments

  1. Jerry
    Jerry December 28, 00:36

    Pull the U.S. out of Syria and watch ISIS move right back in.

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    • Wildmam
      Wildmam December 28, 21:25

      Or it could be a way of drawing out rats.

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    • James R. Green Sr.
      James R. Green Sr. December 28, 21:32

      When will the people of the world ever realize that this planet earth doesn’t belong to any of us. those nations who try to take away a segment of dirt from their neighbor and are willing to shed blood cannot solve their problems. We are told to enjoy what we have and be satisfied. This is our lot in life.

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    • jj
      jj December 29, 00:59

      Then we will go right back in after them. In the meantime, a few of our military lives may be saved. We should not be fighting other country’s battles and spending our taxpayer money on it.

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      • David
        David December 29, 19:25

        It gonna cost us more money & efforts to go back in… with damages done! We should clean out ISIS for good,..now or never,

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  2. Everett
    Everett December 28, 20:05

    This is unfortunately what passes for news today in far too many quarters. Hear some gossip, or make it up , report thru a media that hates Trump, repeat it endlessly on other networks and some folks fall for it.!

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  3. Wildmam
    Wildmam December 28, 21:22

    Clark is a strong Democrat. It is a hit job.

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  4. Kim G.
    Kim G. December 28, 22:56

    The scuttlebutt is that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told Trump that if Trump didn’t remove our troops, he would release the entire Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi assassination tape. This would greatly endanger Trump’s relationship with MBS and Saudi Arabia. I have no evidence for this, only rumor. That seems to work just fine for Trump, so it should work for me!

    Cheers.

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  5. Ben
    Ben December 29, 00:21

    Trump is right. We cannot police the world. We should pull our trips out of Iraq, Afghanistan, and all the other places where we have no business whatsoever . I would be 100% in favor of stationing in troops in Southern California to protect our border there. There is zero strategic reason to have troops in Syria.

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  6. Bruno
    Bruno December 29, 01:28

    Considering that both Turkey and Tran found ISIS useful in disrupting their Arab neighbour and only became concerned when ISIS got too close, I believe this is a red herring. U.S.A, weakened ISIS o a point where Iran and Turkey could take control and by the States’ leaving could show that in this situation they had rendered the States impotent. Trump decided
    that the States had no interest in this area of the world, pulled a Bush “We won”, and HOW DID THAT TURN OUT?

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  7. Joe
    Joe December 29, 01:50

    So, the Kurds get fucked again. For Erdogan ISIS = KURD

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  8. sakkas
    sakkas December 29, 02:05

    We should pull all our troops out of the whole middle east its all nothing but an arab shithole!

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  9. Kevin
    Kevin December 29, 03:32

    Lunatic Donald Trump is dumb bastard falls in fallacy to commit blunders. When this motherfucker finally gone soon . Can’t stand this prick

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