This past October, President Trump announced he was pulling American troops out of Syria, which, in fact, have been illegally in Syria since 2014. He said, “I campaigned on bringing our soldiers back home, and that’s what I’m doing.”
In an about-face, last Wednesday, the U.S. Secretary of Defense and a leading general told members of the House Armed Services Committee that American troops would remain in Syria for years to come.
When asked for a timetable, Secretary of State Mark Esper said, “It’s hard to foresee anytime soon.” He said the U.S. military presence was on a mission to eliminate ISIS and its “ideology.” “I think the defeat, if you will, will be hard because it’s an ideology. It’s hard to foresee anytime soon we would stamp it out.”
That U.S. troops are remaining in Syria to fight ISIS directly contradicts the statement by President Trump last October. Trump said he was pulling America’s military out of Syria because “We defeated ISIS… I got together with our generals. I flew to Iraq. And we did it very quickly.”
The statement by Secretary of State Esper also directly contradicts candidate Trump’s pledge during the 2016 race for the White House: “I will never send our finest into battle unless necessary, and I mean absolutely necessary, and will only do so if we have a plan for victory with a capital V. The world must know that we do not go abroad in search of enemies.”
Mr. Esper did not directly answer questions about whether the Trump administration was planning to take Syrian oil. Last October, the President made his intentions clear: "We're keeping the oil — remember that. We want to keep the oil. Forty-five million dollars a month? Keep the oil. We've secured the oil."
PUBLISHER’S NOTE: As Gerald Celente has been stating since America’s illegal invasion of Iraq, based on lies that Saddam Hussain had weapons of mass destruction, “Do you think America would invade if Iraq’s major export was broccoli?”
It also should be noted the initial reason given for U.S. military presence in Syria was not fighting ISIS, but rather President Barak Obama’s demand that its president, Bashar al-Assad, had to go.
Bye Bye Kurds
Secretary of Defense Esper also made clear the U.S. has no continuing loyalty to the Kurds, who were championed by the Obama administration as allies in the fight to overthrow Syrian President Assad.
The Kurds are an embattled minority ethnic group in Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Syria, who have been fighting for autonomy for decades. They were showered with praise during the G.W. Bush administration invasion of Iraq. His appointed Secretary of State, Condaleeza Rice, praised the Kurds for helping American troops fight to overthrow Saddam Hussein.
And, at a UN press conference on 7 October, President Trump said, “We do get along great with the Kurds, we’re trying to help them a lot.” He continued, “Don’t forget, that’s their territory [Northern Syria]. We have to help them. I want to help them. They fought with us… they died. We lost tens of thousands of Kurds who died fighting ISIS. They died for us and with us.”
Love the Kurds, hate the Kurds, need the Kurds?
Last Friday, Secretary of Defense Esper told reporters, “Nowhere, at no point in time did we tell the Kurds, we will assist you in establishing an autonomous Kurdish state in Syria, nor would we fight against the longstanding ally Turkey on your behalf.”
He added, “We live up to our obligations, and our obligation, our agreement, our understanding with the Kurds was this: that we would work together to fight in Syria to defeat ISIS.”
TRENDPOST: Rarely mentioned in the media and by Washington is the illegal war against President Assad launched by President Barack Obama and the Arab League and continued by the Trump administration, which has resulted in the death of some 600,000 Syrian civilians, displaced over ten million, and bombed major cities, such as Raqqa, into rubble.
Also totally ignored by the mainstream media and politicians across Europe in their fight against increasing illegal immigration are the Afghan, Iraq, Libyan, Syrian, Yemen wars that have forced people escaping for their lives to find safe-haven refuges in European nations.
U.S. State of Confusion
Going back to 2015, there was blowback by America when Syrian President Assad invited Iran and Russia to help him defeat his military opponents that were supported and funded by America and its allies.
Following Assad’s announcement, President Obama ridiculed Russia’s involvement stating Syrian rebels will suck Moscow into a “quagmire.”
Now, some four years later, with America long sucked into the quagmire, Pentagon memos warn Russian military movements and Syrian fighters are rapidly defeating rebel forces in their former strongholds.
Pentagon officials are concerned of shifting “complexities” following the incursion of Turkish fighters and subsequent pullback of American troops in northeastern Syria as part of the deal Trump agreed to with Turkish President Erdoğan last October.
Before that Turkish military action, it has been revealed the U.S. had been working with the Russian military for the past three years to maintain order in the region.
Back in July 2018, after a summit meeting between Trump and Vladimir Putin, Mr. Putin stated that cooperation between U.S. and Russian troops in Syria was “successful joint work” and Trump responded, “Our militaries do get along very well, and they do coordinate in Syria and other places.”
PUBLISHER’S NOTE: U.S. Secretary of State Esper told Congress that American troops must remain in Syria to fight ISIS. But President Trump is on record as stating “We defeated ISIS.”
Esper also told Congress that U.S. military must remain in Syria because Russia is increasing its presence there. But, as stated above, President Trump is on record of favorably working with Russia, stating, “Our militaries do get along very well.”
It should be noted (but quickly forgotten and/or not seen or analyzed by the majority public), that last week documents published in the Washington Post detailed how the Pentagon and Washington knowingly lied about its “progress” in the Afghan War, by far the longest in U.S. history.
For Washington and the Pentagon, from the contradictory statements illustrated above, the lies and deceit about the illegal U.S. war against Syria, it’s immoral business as usual.