US President Donald Trump has returned to lure enemies and allies over the nature of the US pull-out from the Middle East.
On December 19, Trump fired a loud political security bomb when he announced the “immediate” withdrawal of US forces along with experts and civil servants from the eastern Euphrates of Syria, leaving the Kurdish militias and whoever supports them from Arab tribes to face their dark fate with the tattered Turks.
Now, Trump has returned a few days ago with talk of a “slowing withdrawal” of American forces from Syria, and the Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who has recently gotten close to Trump, came out and said he met with the president and that the latter promised him that they will not pull-out until they are sure that ISIS is defeated.
After his Syria bomb of an announcement, he even visited US troops at the al-Asad Air Base in Iraq, and promised that they would stay there in Iraq, so what is the difference between the neighboring countries Iraq and Syria?Mashari Althaydi
A change of rhetoric
Trump himself changed his rhetoric of a “complete defeat of ISIS”, which has now become a “semi-complete defeat”, adopting a less strict tone and stance on what was announced a few days ago about Syria.
After his Syria bomb of an announcement, he even visited US troops at the al-Asad Air Base in Iraq, and promised that they would stay there in Iraq, so what is the difference between the neighboring countries Iraq and Syria?
At the same time, Turkey expressed its discontent with the US announcement, according to President Trump, and that the American withdrawal from Syria does not include Washington abandoning their “Kurdish allies”. Turkish authorities consider Kurdish Protection Units east of the Euphrates the “Kurdish ISIS” as the official Turkish spokesman Ibrahim Kalin put it!
Have American generals woken up Trump to see the dangers of a full American pull-out from the Middle East, so the man backed off, even partly?
We are not only talking about Syria, but also the Trump promise to withdraw from Afghanistan, which is another political bomb that hasn’t detonated yet as it is still in the volt of the Trump promises.
The retired United States Army General in Afghanistan Stanley McChrystal had warned that a US withdrawal will probably lead to would lead to “greater instability” in the region.
It is certain that Trump is trying to trying to go back on his decision to withdraw, or trying to maneuver time with the pressure directed at him from the military elite and some politicians and liberal media. This is the same media who have suddenly become supporters of US military intervention in the world, while they weren’t this enthusiastic during the known Obamian withdrawal doctrine, which is a scandalous political situation.
Whether Trump is honest or manipulative, it remains that even if America exits the Middle East from the door, it will return to through its windows, the economic, security and political temptations in this part of the world is irresistible!
This article is also available in Arabic.
Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.