Is Our Military Presence In Syria A Deterrent Or Integral For Ally Relations? You Decide

OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author's opinion.

President Trump made the decision to relocate approximately 50 U.S. soldiers away from the frontline of war between the Syrian Kurdish forces and Turkey, moving the troops to northern Syria instead.

Here’s a little recap –

Dating back to Jimmy Carter days, Iran (and when I say Iran, I’m predominantly referring to Islamic extremism) has been dispatching terrorism worldwide since the 1979 Iranian Revolution against the Shah. Iran has international goals and intentions to further export terrorism through the utilization of proxy groups (such as Hezbollah), where Syria is essentially a base for the extreme Islamic ideology. The varying shades of Islamic belief have continuously bled into Turkey’s struggle alongside the corresponding terror that the extremism encourages within its Muslim majority state.

After the events on 9/11 took place, Turkey remained a close ally of the US, supporting our country in the War on Terror to counter the terror attacks accordingly, in hopes to develop an international terror strategy.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) commended President Trump in his decision to relocate our troops.

“It reminds me of President Reagan’s decision after the bombing in Beirut that having a few hundred soldiers in the middle of the war, they’re not necessarily a deterrent but often a tripwire to a larger conflagration and so I really think the president is making a wise decision,” he told reporters on a conference call.

“I’m of the opinion go big or go home and there’s no reason to be putting a couple dozen soldiers in the middle of oncoming armies,” he added. “So I think the president’s made a wise decision, and I for one am very supportive of it.”

A senior National Security Council official told reporters on Tuesday that the American troops, which number about 50 in northern Syria, would be redeployed elsewhere in Syria, contrary to reports suggesting that Trump with withdrawing all U.S. troops there.

During the height of the U.S.-led war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), there were about 2,000 U.S. forces in Syria. The administration has pushed to reduce that to a presence of about 400.”

It is suggested that, so long as the U.S. is contributing to the efforts, a mere 50 troops being redeployed should not be a focus, and certainly not a deterrent to either of the armies; fifty troops would not deter Turkish armies from entering.

What’s laughable is that AOC, the peace-loving, tree-hugging, ultra-progressive, anti-war flower child is criticizing President Trump for relocating the troops… because her priority is always to express her displeasure for Trump while remaining dormant about real issues. I mean, it would be quite the contradiction for a Democrat to not support our troops assisting in a war effort while, in the same breath, reprimanding Republican efforts to withdraw our troops to avoid endless quagmires.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) does not support President Trump’s decision and fears that redeploying the troops from the frontlines to northeast Syria would mirror a similar catalyst to that of 9/11 mentality.

“Graham said, “That’s a pre-9/11 mentality that the Mideast is no concern to us. … And this is the pre-9/11 mentality that paved the way for 9/11, what’s happening in Afghanistan is no concern to us. So, if he follows through with this, it would be the biggest mistake of his presidency. I would argue for him to go back to the status quo. The safe zones were working, patrolling with Turkey and international forces to protect the Kurds and Turkey is the way to go. If we pull out, the Kurds are in a world of hurt, and ISIS comes back, and President Trump will own it.””

It is imperative to note that terrorists do not negotiate, nor do they make civil arrangements with their enemies. Instead, they wait for an opportunity to attack and destroy. There is ample evidence of this throughout several decades now. Graham’s concern is ultimately regarding our loyalty to our allies in times of oncoming war against terror and wants to ensure we don’t abandon our allies who once assisted us, no matter how small.

So, on which end of the argument do you stand?

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