Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Thursday, February 01, 2018

US foreign policy in the Middle East is not just adrift, it is in a state of crisis. As Turkish tanks and warplanes pound the Kurds a US ally, powerbrokers in the White House and the Pentagon are unable to settle on a path forward. Attempts to placate their NATO ally, Turkey, while trying to assuage the fears of their mostly Kurdish proxy-army (Syrian Democratic Forces) has underscored the dismal absence of a coherent policy that will address the rapidly-changing battle space and also deal with the prospect that Turkey might seek strategic objectives that are directly at odds with Washington. The present disaster that is unfolding in Syria's northwest corner could have been avoided had the Trump administration abstained from announcing that it planned a permanent military presence in east Syria, which implied its tacit support for an independent Kurdish state. This was the trigger for the current crisis, the provocation that set the dominoes in motion.

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Ankara has already warned Washington that it will defend its national security against Kurdish forces (which it considers "terrorists") whether US troops are located in the area or not. The possibility that one NATO ally might actually attack US Special Forces operating on the ground in Syria has ignited a flurry of diplomatic activity in Washington and across Europe. This started Washington sent a warning to Moscow and Tehran that the US planned to be in Syria "for the long-haul".

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tragic.

ASSAD MUST GO.

#1 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-02-01 10:59 PM | Reply

Atlas Shrugged, Foreign Policy Edition.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-01 11:00 PM | Reply

Who knew hegemony was so complicated.

#3 | Posted by bored at 2018-02-01 11:43 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Atlas Shrugged, Foreign Policy Edition.

#2 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2018-02-01 11:00 PM | REPLY

US foreign policy, the most Libertarian on the planet. lol

#4 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-02-02 07:15 AM | Reply

Must be some new definition of Libertarian.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-02 01:00 PM | Reply

Definition of Libertarian is determined by the Republican Party leadership, it can change almost instantly depending on the situation. The Libertarian Party is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican Party.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-02 01:33 PM | Reply

Federal government temporary dispute of the path to preserve global hegemony while trying to prop up freedom fighters/terrorists is somehow related to a party that just got Major Party status in its first state.

Too funny. If you want to help the Kurds, I'll buy you a plane ticket.

#7 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-02-02 02:11 PM | Reply

"If you want to help the Kurds, I'll buy you a plane ticket."

How delightfully Libertarian of you!

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-02 02:23 PM | Reply

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