RON PAUL: WHY TRUMP’S SYRIA ‘SURGE’ WILL FAIL

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RON PAUL: WHY TRUMP’S SYRIA ‘SURGE’ WILL FAIL
« on: March 13, 2017, 03:48:29 PM »
RON PAUL: WHY TRUMP’S SYRIA ‘SURGE’ WILL FAIL
President Trump must de-escalate immediately before it is too late
Ron Paul | Infowars.com - MARCH 13, 2017

Last week President Trump significantly escalated the US military presence in Syria, sending some 400 Marines to the ISIS-controlled Raqqa, and several dozen Army Rangers to the contested area around Manbij. According to press reports he will also station some 2,500 more US troops in Kuwait to be used as he wishes in Iraq and Syria.

Not only is it illegal under international law to send troops into another country without permission, it is also against US law for President Trump to take the country to war without a declaration. But not only is Trump’s first big war illegal: it is doomed to failure because it makes no sense.

President Trump says the purpose of the escalation is to defeat ISIS in Raqqa, its headquarters in Syria. However the Syrian Army with its allies Russia and Iran are already close to defeating ISIS in Syria. Why must the US military be sent in when the Syrian army is already winning? Does Trump wish to occupy eastern Syria and put a Washington-backed rebel government in charge? Has anyone told President Trump what that would to cost in dollars and lives – including American lives? How would this US-backed rebel government respond to the approach of a Syrian army backed up by the Russian military?

Is Trump planning on handing eastern Syria over to the Kurds, who have been doing much of the fighting in the area? How does he think NATO-ally Turkey would take a de facto Kurdistan carved out of Syria with its eyes on Kurdish-inhabited southern Turkey?

And besides, by what rights would Washington carve up Syria or any other country?

Or is Trump going to give up on the US policy of “regime change” and hand conquered eastern Syria back to Assad? If that is the case, why waste American lives and money if the Syrians and their allies are already doing the job? Candidate Trump even said he was perfectly happy with Russia and Syria getting rid of ISIS. If US policy is shifting toward accepting an Assad victory, it could be achieved by ending arms supplies to the rebels and getting out of the way.
It does not appear that President Trump or his advisors have thought through what happens next if the US military takes possession of Raqqa, Syria. What is the endgame? Maybe the neocons told him it would be a “cakewalk” as they promised before the 2003 Iraq invasion.

Part of the problem is that President Trump’s advisors believe the myth that the US “surge” in Iraq and Afghanistan was a great success and repeating it would being the victory that eluded Obama with his reliance of drones and proxy military forces. A big show of US military force on the ground – like the 100,000 sent to Afghanistan by Obama in 2009 – is what is needed in Syria, these experts argue. Rarely is it asked that if the surge worked so well why are Afghanistan and Iraq still a disaster?

President Trump’s escalation in Syria is doomed to failure. He is being drawn into a quagmire by the neocons that will destroy scores of lives, cost us a fortune, and may well ruin his presidency. He must de-escalate immediately before it is too late.
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Re: RON PAUL: WHY TRUMP’S SYRIA ‘SURGE’ WILL FAIL
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2017, 07:10:03 PM »
^^^

... a delicate situation. I hope Ron Paul,
a non-interventionist to say the least, is
wrong here. I know CNN has had
wall-to-wall coverage over Assad's use of the
term 'foreign invaders' in describing US and
other countries' troops on his turf ... but listening
to the entire (Chinese) interview one gets a much more
positive feel from Pres. Assad toward Trump's intentions.
Because of the US bungling under Obama we may have
lost the support of a future strong partner in Assad ...
to China and, of course, to Russia. Assad here seems
more concerned in courting Chinese 'reconstruction'
proposals than courting US military "surge" ... and
he seems VERY unclear about our connections with
Erdogan.

"CNN is up to their old tricks and lying to their audience by showing
an edited version of the interview and only focusing in on the part
where Assad talks about “foreign invaders.”"


Bashar al-Assad interview (Phoenix Chinese Channel, 2017.03.11.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcAoOaI3DMY
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Re: RON PAUL: WHY TRUMP’S SYRIA ‘SURGE’ WILL FAIL
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2017, 07:17:28 PM »
The UK /USA  regime change in Syria is another massive fail

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Re: RON PAUL: WHY TRUMP’S SYRIA ‘SURGE’ WILL FAIL
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2017, 07:55:30 PM »
^^^

... yep, you're right. What a quagmire
the entire muslim world is ... but it is way
too late to just write it off and let the
factions fight it out ... the East/West
worlds have just gotten too intermingled.

For some background, this is good:
The vicious schism between Sunni and Shia
has been poisoning Islam for 1,400 years -
and it's getting worse

Tracing the current conflict in Syria back to the year
632, when the Prophet Mohamed died

Paul Vallely - 19 February 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/the-vicious-schism-between-sunni-and-shia-has-been-poisoning-islam-for-1400-years-and-its-getting-9139525.html
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Re: RON PAUL: WHY TRUMP’S SYRIA ‘SURGE’ WILL FAIL
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2017, 08:09:57 PM »
Its all about foreign policy JH . I am sick of my UK military  people getting killed everyday for what ?

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Re: RON PAUL: WHY TRUMP’S SYRIA ‘SURGE’ WILL FAIL
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2017, 09:02:08 PM »
^^^

... I know ... and I have a son turning
18 in June, will have to sign up for
'Selective Service' ... praying they
don't start up the draft, for service
in one of these endless wars.
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Re: RON PAUL: WHY TRUMP’S SYRIA ‘SURGE’ WILL FAIL
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2017, 09:43:22 PM »
This is one of the reasons I didn't vote for Trump -- he's simply too much of a trigger-happy interventionist when it comes to foreign policy. Perhaps not an outright neocon, but pretty darn close.

(Yes, I know Hildebeest was even worse. That's one of the many reasons I didn't vote for her either.)
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