Trump’s Withdrawal from Syria Is A Disaster!
Graham Ledger: Page Six now. Withdrawing U.S. combat troops from Islamic hellholes Afghanistan. The Pentagon is preparing a withdrawal plan which would pull out about half of the fourteen thousand troops deployed there. President Donald Trump is set to withdraw thousands of US troops from Afghanistan. That’s according to a U.S. official on Thursday who told Reuters the Trump White House is planning to withdraw more than 5000 troops from the country. That’s around a third of the 14000 U.S. troops currently deployed in Afghanistan. Trump’s call to withdraw troops from the country also coming just a day after his decision to withdraw from Syria. Joining me now, the founder of the American Truth Project and Daily Ledger contributor Barry Nussbaum. Barry, I have no problem whatsoever pulling out of Afghanistan. I think there’s another way to do this. I think there’s another way to confine and that’s essentially what we’ve been doing. We have been wiping out, let’s be honest, the Taliban we’ve been confining them within essentially the borders of Afghanistan and possibly spilling into Pakistan, and what have you. But Syria, Syria this is a different story. It’s a completely different geo-political dynamic. There are a lot of factors here and a U.S. pullout creates a vacuum. There’s no doubt about it. No one would argue that including an affecting ISIS which is still there, and we don’t know how much longer they’re going to be there. This is going to affect the Kurds. Certainly, it’s an open door for Russia to take over what the United States was doing. Bashar al Assad essentially gets a pass and Iran. Iran is watching what’s going on here. And I’m fearful, Barry I really am that we are setting ourselves up for a repeat of what happened when Barack Obama and Joe Biden and company pulled unilaterally out of Iraq.
Barry Nussbaum: Yeah, we’ve got two similar but different stories today. We’re talking about Graham, the pullout from Afghanistan after 17 years will probably lead to the collapse of the Afghan regime which is holding on by its teeth even when we’re just there as advisers. The incoming commander of Central Command during his confirmation hearings said a pullout would be catastrophic for the stability and continuity of the Afghan government which is barely a government and only in the major cities. It will open up Afghanistan for a Taliban takeover. However, as you said, Syria is much different and is potentially catastrophic. We only have a few thousand troops there. They’re not in combat they’re advisers. But, the ramifications of the pullout from Syria are going to have profound big effects with Russia, with Bashar Assad in Syria, with Turkey, and most terrifyingly Hezbollah under the direction of Iran.
Graham Ledger: All right Barry, let me emphasize something here I have to emphasize something and that is the Israel component. When I say there is a signal to Iran the signal is hey the United States is out of there’s an opening. and there’s a literal road apparently that can link Iran to Israel. And Israel can’t be happy about this.
Barry Nussbaum: Oh. Off the record Graham, the people I speak to in Israel are very upset to the point of angry and they’re feeling abandoned. Hezbollah has made no secret, that’s the Iranian army in Syria, that they plan on invading northern Israel. All those tunnels that you’ve seen being discovered over the past few weeks all in violation of U.N. Resolution 17 0 1. All that the U.N. doesn’t do anything about have been advertised in both Tehran and by the Hezbollah news sources as the invasion route for their troops. And those troops are going to be sent into northern Israel through the tunnels that haven’t been found. Supposedly there’s dozens more, while missiles fly overhead. The fear of having U.S. troops on the ground there has prevented that until now. Clearly what’s going to happen is Iran’s going to move in and fill that vacuum and there’s going to be no threat of the United States troops anywhere in the country.
Graham Ledger: All right turkey is going to win not just Kurds.
Barry Nussbaum: Oh yeah. Graham, they’ve already said it, they’re going in after the Kurds who according to our military are our best advisers, best fighters and the reason why ISIS is being wiped out. We’re going to abandon them and oh boy does that send a bad message. I hope Trump changes his mind.
Graham Ledger: I think he’s listening to his advisers on this one and he’s probably even listening to believe it or not Lindsey Graham on this one. When we have forward positions like this one, strategic forward position if you want to call that, in a hellhole like Syria so we don’t have to fight the war against terrorists on our soil. And I think that Syria is a crucial component. Barry, thanks.