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Republicans slam Trump's Syria pullout: "Disaster," "Betrayal," "Mistake"

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A long list of Republicans, including several top allies of President Trump, lined up in vehement opposition Monday to his decision to withdraw forces from the northern border of Syria and allow a Turkish operation there. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that 'a precipitous withdrawal of US forces from Syria would only benefit Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime.' In a lengthy tweetstorm, Sen. Lindsey Graham, a fierce Trump loyalist, tore into the decision, calling it a “disaster in the making.” Trump initially hit back against the torrent of criticism in a series of tweets in which he said he would 'totally destroy and obliterate' Turkey's economy if the country 'does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits.'
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There's little agreement about exactly what the Deep State is, but the way the GOP and Democratic party march in lock step regarding foreign policy is strong evidence of its existence.

Trump announced his interest long ago in disentangling the US from the Syrian quagmire, it's not as if he is suddenly pulling the plug. It's an instance of a stopped clock being right once in a while. I don't believe Trump has a dovish bone in his body, or indeed any principles at all save for his personal advancement. This is one issue on which he can garner support both left and right, including military service people he would bring home and their families.

Those who were around during the Vietnam quagmire may remember pretty much the same arguments advanced year to year and decade to decade: if we abandoned the South Vietnamese it would be a disaster.

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He waited too long and is slowly causing a revelation for the unsuspecting that he is a total coward and a liar. We should care less about what he says. What has the mad mofo, done for peace?

Diddly squat.

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I think "diddly squat" is too high a figure. He has done his level best to cleave the political fault lines in this country, encourage division and embolden the most deranged bigots to commit the most appalling acts of violence. He and his supporters boast that any attempt to remove him would start a civil war. Any decent human being would offer to resign rather than see that.

Regarding the Syria pullout, any long term good that comes of it will not be the result of any good intentions. It is being done solely to please his "base", and if it gets a few libs on board he's not complaining. Short term it will be a disaster. He's making no effort to leave behind a stable situation, not even a token effort to broker peace ahead of the disengagement. If he had any awareness of history he would do so and angle for a Nobel like Kissinger got (a joke in itself that prompted Tom Leher to give up satire on the grounds that it had become redundant)

Well, except for the deranged tweet citing his "great and unmatched wisdom". It reminds me of the man behind the curtain pretending to be the great and powerful Wizard of Oz. Except Frank Morgan was only play acting in a fantasy movie, just like John Cleese was only pretending to be a lunatic who offered a dog license with the word "dog" crossed out and the word "cat" written in crayon as proof of the existence of a cat llicense (though I hear tell he has since become a fanatical nativist and Brexiteer) whereas Trump actually did something very similar with his weather map.

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