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.
President Trump Threatens to Veto Legislation Changing Names of Military Bases Named After Confederate Generals
The President cited the legacy of the bases.
President Donald Trump threatened to veto any edition of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that requires the renaming of U.S. military bases named after Confederate Army generals. Democratic Senators, including Elizabeth Warren, are pushing a provision that will rename the facilities.
The President made it clear any NDAA that renames that bases won’t receive his signature. In a tweet, President Trump cited the legacy of the bases in America’s victory in the two World Wars of the twentieth century.
I will Veto the Defense Authorization Bill if the Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren (of all people!) Amendment, which will lead to the renaming (plus other bad things!) of Fort Bragg, Fort Robert E. Lee, and many other Military Bases from which we won Two World Wars, is in the Bill!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2020
Republicans had declined to stand up against the drive to purge the names of iconic American military installations such as Fort Bragg and Fort Benning, with only populist conservative Josh Hawley offering opposition to the cultural cleansing attempt when it passed through the Democrat-controlled Senate Armed Services Committee.
Polling conducted on the matter reveals that a strong majority of the American public opposes purging the names of the bases from record because of their association with the Confederacy.
There are ten total U.S. Army bases named after Confederate military leaders, most of them located in the southern United States and named as such as a gesture of reconciliation to the South in the Reconstruction period and beyond.
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