President Trump announced a permanent ceasefire on Wednesday after Turkey and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces met certain conditions guided by the US to allow for a peaceful solution.
“I do believe it will be permanent,” Trump said. “This was an outcome created by us, the United States, and nobody else…we’ve done something very, very special.”
“We’ve saved the lives of many, many Kurds,” he added.
Trump also made the announcement on Twitter:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2019
The bipartisan War Party in Washington D.C., also sometimes referred to as the swamp, criticized President Trump for removing troops from Northern Syria to take them out of harm’s way as Turkey planned an incursion against the Kurds in the region.
Republicans and Democrats cried bloody murder in the days after the announcement was made by the Trump administration, but the region has shown that it doesn’t need US troops to play world police. Regional powers have been able to sort things out without any blood being shed by American forces.
Yesterday, a deal was announced between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin to create a safe zone at the Turkey/Syria border:
Turkey and Russia have agreed what they say is a “historic” deal aimed at keeping Kurdish forces away from Syria’s border with Turkey.
It comes during a pause in Turkey’s offensive to drive Kurdish forces out, creating a “safe zone” in the area.
Under the deal, Syrian and Russian forces will immediately oversee a withdrawal of Kurdish forces.
There is no word from the Kurdish fighters, whom Turkey regards as terrorists.
The deal sets out plans for joint Turkish-Russian patrols along the border next week.
The agreement was announced after six hours of talks on Tuesday between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian host, Vladimir Putin, in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
A ceasefire brokered by the US was set to expire on Tuesday evening and Turkey had threatened to re-launch its offensive against the Kurdish fighters. It said there was now “no need”.
Trump was also widely criticized for sending a tough letter to Turkey last week, but his strong, unorthodox diplomacy is paying off.
“Today’s announcement validates our course of action with Turkey that only a couple of weeks ago was scorned and now people are saying, ‘wow, what a great outcome, congratulations,'” Trump said.
Although a minimal troop presence will remain in Syria to protect oil interests, Trump makes it clear that the days of the US being used as the world’s police are rapidly coming to an end.
“We have done them a great service and we’ve done a great job for all of them, and now we’re getting out,” Trump said. “Let someone else fight over this long blood-stained sand.”
Trump’s “America First” foreign policy is taking shape, and it is a massive shift from that of his globalist predecessors.
NEW: Joe Biden Bashes Incoming Trump Administration In Leaked 2016 Call to President of Ukraine
Joe Biden speaks in critical and partisan terms of the incoming Trump administration in a new leaked call to the President of Ukraine unveiled Wednesday.
In the call, conducted in November 2016 a week after then-candidate Trump’s election victory, Biden bashes the incoming administration to the foreign leader, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Biden assails the Trump transition team as incompetent, turning down the idea of visiting the country before the January transition before Trump is “fully briefed” on matters related to Ukraine.
In a second call, Biden asks for Poroshenko to describe his conversations with incoming President Trump, going to to speak of Trump in more dismissive terms. He describes Trump as a “dog who caught the car, and who doesn’t know what to do.” Not quite a “dog-faced pony soldier,” but definitely not an appropriate way for an outgoing vice president to describe an incoming president to a foreign leader.
A Ukrainian comedian originally released the calls, suggesting questionable operational security within the conversations of Joe Biden and Poroshenko. Biden has a lengthy history of ethical questions regarding his relationship with Ukraine, including looking the other way as his son Hunter secured an extremely lucrative position at a Ukrainian oil company without any experience whatsoever in the energy industry.
Biden himself would later go on to demand the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating corruption allegations against the younger Biden, a clear conflict of interest Biden merely dismissed when he spoke openly of securing the prosecutor’s firing at a Council on Foreign Relations public event.
This is a totally inappropriate way for a Vice President to speak to a foreign leader, and the public should be concerned about how Biden plans to conduct diplomacy should he be elected President.
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