A question for @ThomasWic & my American friends here.
Considering the White House statement saying US forces will no longer be in the "immediate area," could this be a concession to Erdogan in return for cooperation in pressuring Iran's regime?
I've also attached a map that is circling on social media, claiming to be an official Turkish plan of a "safe zone" or a "buffer zone" on the Syria border.
Your feedback would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
Erdogan doesn't learn.
In January of this year, ALL his jihadists lackeys were killed.
We can expect to see more Turkish tanks going up in flames.
The Turkish armed forces are no longer capable of fighting. There's no need to make a deal with them.
They aren't a factor anymore.
👍 If asked by the GCC. Trump promised this approach May 2017 in his state visit to Saudi Arabia which included attending a GCC summit. He very candidly, pragmatically, and respectfully stated to the summit attendees that it was time to recognize that the people in the room other than him held the keys to peace and stability in the ME. They call the shots. We would have GCC's back if and how they asked and how.
The trip Pres. Trump took to SA & on to Israel was fantastic. President said he didn’t want to change their lives, they had to control the radicals, etc. but he wanted peace and it was up to them. (Of course, this is my recollection in a nut shell.)
IMO Pres. is working a plan to allow that region to step up & take control of region’s safety. Pres. also said US would not be in immediate area, but not gone from region.
Agree, similar take here.👍 What strikes me from that May 2017 summit is that Trump will not so much "allow" the region to step up... but rather he respected that the US is not the expert in ME affairs... and would therefore stand down, unlike previous admins, unless GCC allies ask for help. POTUS, on his first ever foreign trip as US President, chose to travel Saudi Arabia FIRST, to speak to the GCC summit of many nations. ...
Unlike former administrations, he did not bend over and bow for the cameras, while behind the scenes orchestrating arms transfers that would disrupt the region. Trump met them face to face, appreciated them as equals, announced the US sticky finger into their business in the ME was done, DONE. He exhorted and encouraged them to drive out radical terrorists. It was up to them.
Those who label words as violence do so with the sole purpose of justifying violence against words.