PkrBum wrote:What was the vote result when Obama initiated our involvement in that imperial regime change?
Y'all are for military adventurism... you just haven't realized it yet. Take a look at the POTUS as each sustained military engagement has begun beginning with WWI.
Notice any patterns?
July 19, 2017
President Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, a move long sought by Russia, according to U.S. officials.
Officials said the phasing out of the secret program reflects Trump’s interest in finding ways to work with Russia
Trump described the limited cease-fire deal as one of the benefits of a constructive working relationship with Moscow.Trump’s dealings with Russia have been under heavy scrutiny because of the investigations into the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 election. The decision on the CIA-backed rebels will be welcomed by Moscow, which focused its firepower on those fighters after it intervened in Syria in 2015.
Some current and former officials who support the program cast the move as a major concession.
The Trump administration’s long-term strategy
, following the defeat of the Islamic State, appears to be focused on stitching together a series of regional cease-fire deals among the U.S.-backed rebels, the Syrian government and Russia.
Some analysts said the decision to end the program was likely to empower more radical groups inside Syria and damage the credibility of the United States.“We are falling into a Russian trap,
” said Charles Lister, a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute, who focuses on the Syrian resistance. “We are making the moderate resistance more and more vulnerable. . . . We are really cutting them off at the neck.”“This is a force that we can’t afford to completely abandon,”
Goldenberg said. “If they are ending the aid to the rebels altogether, then that is a huge strategic mistake.
“People began thinking about ending the program, but it was not something you’d do for free,” said a former White House official. “To give [the program] away without getting anything in return would be foolish.”Not everyone is ready to call Trump a Russian asset but in many areas Putin would be hard pressed to offer improvements to decisions and concessions Trump has turned over to him. Yes, I do see a pattern.
Also, since the article you posted is dated 2017, it looks even more as if this weeks decisions to turn our backs on the Kurds cannot be "excused" as a spur of the moment decision made on a whim via a phone call from one dictator to another wanna-be mob boss masquerading very poorly, as our president.
It would seem obvious that our program (pulled Sunday night by Trump) was a very effective program in which we lost very few of our military while supporting the Kurds who did the fighting and dying. Besides this fact, the betrayal of the Kurds and the disgrace this move has brought to our country to our detriment and to the benefit of Putin, Turkey and Iran can't be overstated.
This decision by The Stable Genius in his unmatched wisdom is strongly criticized by none other than Mitch McConnell.