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Pentagon at loggerheads with Trump over US presence in Syria

basil_hallwardApr 4, 2018, 7:37:59 PM

US troops in Syria not in front line, just giving advice? (image source: Zero Hedge)

A lot of people in the USA are starting to wake up to the power struggle that is going on in Washington. During his successful campaign in 2016 Donald Trump impressed a lot of people with his "Make America Great Again" slogan and his promises to "drain the swamp."

Both those promises were going to be difficult to keep, but one thing that made people believe Trump was serious was his commitment to withdraw U.S. military personnel from Syria and other conflict zone which the Obama regime had entered with the aim of effecting regime change. And it seem The Donald is serious about keeping that pledge.

Unfortunately throughout 2017 Pentagon and US State Department officials have pursued  a totally different policy than that of President  Trump regarding the withdrawal of American troops from Syria, saying that the United States will not be leaving the war-torn Arab country anytime soon as the “mission is not over.”

What mission? ISIS are on the run, routed by Syrian and Iranian ground forces and Russian ait strength. Or do the mean the mission Obama several times clearly stated was his priority, to remove the government of President Assad, which, no matter how odious anyone in the west finds the Assad tyranny,  is the legitimate government of that country and is tolerated by a majority of syria's people because they always knew the alternative would be a lot worse.

The military / industrial complex in Washington are it seems still committed to the removal of Assad (and the regional war that would follow,) because it would be very good for their business.

Addressing a conference on the middle east in Washington, DC, on Tuesday this week, US Central Command Chief General Joseph Votel said “well over 90 percent” of land once held by the Daesh (ISIL) Takfiri terrorist group in Iraq and Syria had been recaptured, particularly in the north and eastern parts of the country, but added that the military must maintain its presence there.

“There still are some areas where they are present and that we will have to continue to operate on.”

Speaking alongside Votel, the State Department's senior envoy to the so-called anti-Daesh coalition, Brett McGurk, addedt

“ISIL is not finished. We are in Syria to fight ISIL. That is our mission and our mission isn’t over, and we’re going to complete that mission,” McGurk said.

The comments were made shortly after Trump said the US would withdraw troops from Syria "very soon," and that he intended to "bring our troops back home."'

Credit where it is due, Trump is trying to drain the swamp, but he probably did not expect the swamp to fight back with such determination.

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