President Trump Announces Turkish Unilateral Invasion of Northern Syria…

Things are about to get very interesting and very uncomfortable for NATO.  President Trump has announced that Turkey is about to launch a unilateral invasion into Northern Syria… There is going to be a scramble amid many geopolitical interests.

First, the announcement:

[White House]  –  Today, President Donald J. Trump spoke with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey by telephone. Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria.

The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial “Caliphate,” will no longer be in the immediate area.

The United States Government has pressed France, Germany, and other European nations, from which many captured ISIS fighters came, to take them back, but they did not want them and refused.

The United States will not hold them for what could be many years and great cost to the United States taxpayer. Turkey will now be responsible for all ISIS fighters in the area captured over the past two years in the wake of the defeat of the territorial “Caliphate” by the United States.  (more)

Next let’s establish the foundation for the scramble:

♦There was a 2014 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) voted and approved by Senate committee permitting military action in Syria against the backdrop of chemical weapon use and terrorism – it never went anywhere.  The Obama administration used the Bush-era AUMF directed at combating terrorism. With ISIS defeated by President Trump that sketchy 2002 interventionist authorization ends.

♦Also remember in October 2014 then Vice-President Biden accidentally told the truth when he told an audience that Recep Erdogan was specifically responsible for the rise of ISIS in Syria; and that Turkey had actually armed al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, ISIS, and provided assistance.

  • Turkey is a member of NATO.
  • Turkey has previously used its NATO membership as a shield to stop threats from Russia.  Remember Turkey shooting down a Russian fighter jet?
  • Turkish President Recep Erdogan is a manipulative bad actor; a hostile dictator; and sympathetic to extremes within political Islam.  Erdogan has openly showcased his friendship with the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • Europe draws exclusive benefits from NATO defenses.  Europe would not take back the ISIS fighters captured in Syria that were EU nationals.
  • The ISIS prisoners we turn over to Turkey will be regarded less as prisoners, and more likely considered heroes by Erdogan’s govt. Remember, Erdogan gave the Muslim Brotherhood’s leadership safe harbor in Turkey after they were kicked out of Qatar.
  • Unfortunately, it is likely Erdogan will attack the Kurdish forces in Northern Syria.
  • The Kurds are U.S. allies; and this will be the point of contention for the neocons.
  • Turkey will invade NE Syria, but -depending on current strength- Turkey runs the risk of a counter-attack by the Syrian Army, and potentially Russia.

With the European nations, NATO allies, refusing to take their ISIS fighters back as prisoners, President Trump has made a deal with Erdogan to take them.

In the announcement President Trump has made it clear that any action by Turkey into Syria is unilateral; there will be no assistance by the U.S. on any aspect; including if Turkey is counter-attacked by Russia/Syria or organized Kurdish forces.

Essentially, Trump is leaving Erdogan naked to a myriad of his enemies if Erdogan does cross the border.  The U.S. part of the NATO shield is removed.  The Europeans will likely not evoke the NATO defense treaty without the U.S.  Heck, the EU is essentially spineless without the power of the U.S. military.

President Trump is calling out the duplicity of the entire situation by calling all of their bluffs.  President Trump is calling-out: NATO, weak EU ‘allies’ and Turkey.

In essence, this White House announcement is a major Gordian knot being cut.

It is unlikely President Erdogan expected to have this framework made so public.  This rather loud declaration by President Trump seems strategic in that it could make duplicitous Erdogan think twice about the actual military invasion itself.

However, Erdogan is also a rabid ideologue and he wants to recreate the Ottoman empire… so he’ll likely go ahead regardless of cost.

Down the road…. instead of those ISIS prisoners being held in European jails; and considering the sympathetic Turkish handlers; those ISIS fighters will eventually make their way home without anyone knowing.   However, the EU has created that issue by refusing to step-up and take ownership.

That same weak European mindset could likely be facing another challenge surrounding what to do about NATO if Turkey loses this gamble.   However, again, another issue created by Europe.

FUBAR.

…But we’re out!

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569 Responses to President Trump Announces Turkish Unilateral Invasion of Northern Syria…

  1. Right to reply says:

    Oh those poor, poor senators. What will they do without their massive kickbacks from the war machine lol

    Liked by 5 people

  2. Epaminondas says:

    The best thing we can do for Europeans is abandon NATO. It never had a purpose once the Berlin Wall fell. The U.S. Ruling Class like NATO because it gives them carte blanche to meddle in European cultural and political affairs. And of course, there’s that German thing. Who cares? Let Europeans figure it out or resume fighting.

    Liked by 4 people

  3. Hebo Sabe says:

    This move allows the US to move out.

    Well done President Trump.

    Liked by 4 people

    • American Heritage says:

      Another brilliant Trump strategy. Without the sea anchor of our totalitarian Left, we could flourish under his leadership like never before.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Walleye says:

      Europe can step in and deal with turkey or Europe can admit it is helpless and beg the USA to come back. Think trade concessions would be back on the table to get the us to go back?
      Break it trump, break every fing rice bowel. Ass, grass, or gas nobody rides for free. Who knew that old license plate slogan could be applied to relationships between nations.

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  4. Loren says:

    This is great news! Sale them the rope has always been great strategy. The U.S. military is not a police force. It will be interesting to see if the Russians are able.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. wwwrobotC says:

    Good move of our President Trump. Modern warfare is very expense and let them fall into it.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Loren says:

    A most interesting question. Will Turkey end-up using Russian weapons against Russia?

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  7. cheering4america says:

    2 thoughts:

    1. Embarrassed to admit that I read way into this line of comments before I really GOT that this conflict is:
    Turkey, a UN ally, that we are therefore *supposed* to support

    versus

    A certain Kurdish faction which has been loyal and supportive of us, that we are therefore *supposed* to support

    meaning that there is going to be inherent conflict in what people think the US ought to do, depending on their particular perspective.

    2. Read all of the comments and mostly just feel sad that we opened the door to MB here in America. This cancer is growing by leaps and bounds, and current interpretation of our laws prevents us from excising it.

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  8. nerveman says:

    I wonder what the Israeli side of the coin is? The Golan is a bullwark and I would think Russian Israeli agreements might be made. Or maybe Russia like a bit of chaos there to maintain some sway.

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  9. Luckstone says:

    So, we’re supposed to stay in the ME to continue supporting the Kurds for another untold number of years with no exit in sight and we can’t even secure our own boarders? No, get us out of Syria and Afghanistan and let the rest of the NATO nations do the lifting. We need to concentrate on our home.

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  10. Since 1993:

    1. Clinton imported record levels of M.E. oil, facilitated the disastrous Oslo Accords and allowed Osama Bin Laden to rise. FAIL
    2. G.W. Bush ordered massive military intervention in the M.E. without a coherent plan for occupying Iraq after Saddam. FAIL.
    3. Obama simply surrendered Iraq and let ISIS move in, installed the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and then embraced the ayatollahs in Iran. FAIL
    4. Trump defeats ISIS, puts the economic screws to Iran and strengthens our alliance with Israel.

    Staying out of the Syrian tar pit is far better policy for U.S. than what the past 3 administrations did to U.S.

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  11. Zippy says:

    Trump: “I Will Totally Destroy And Obliterate” The Turkish Economy If Erdogan Breaks Promises In Syria

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/major-policy-shift-us-pulls-out-syria-ahead-imminent-turkish-invasion

    In another salvo of sweets sent about 20 minutes after the last round, Trump insists that “I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!)” if Erdogan does anything “off limits” – presumably implying that there will be some punishment if Erdogan attacks the Kurds.

    Erdogan’s Syria Invasion Begins: Turkish Jets Filmed Bombing Kurdish Targets

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/erdogans-syria-invasion-commences-turkish-jets-filmed-bombing-kurdish-targets

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  12. Fredericka Ibsen Thompson says:

    We’ll see … I bet McConnell signals opposition from certain senators and McConnell holds the keys to letting the impeachment fiasco metastasize. He might demand something in return.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. gphx says:

    Why would the left be upset unless Turkey were going after Deep State black sites and assets in Syria?

    Liked by 1 person

  14. CopperTop says:

    Methinks this is EXACTLY what General Flynn would have done with Turkey. Weisman et al roughing him out of Washington did not stop Trump understanding the world view of Flynn to begin with.

    I suspect the Kurds have US indirect protection that Trump is not going to publicize as well. Will be interesting to see what he Kurds are doing a month from now.

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  15. Bth says:

    Trump is “shaking the box”. We get out, but we will be watching.

    Liked by 2 people

  16. Bth says:

    Trump is “shaking the box”. We get out, but we will be watching.

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  17. Well, I disagree strongly about European nations taking back the ISIS people. They are technically “not our problem” in the sense that they themselves are not our responsibility. They can cause problems for Europe through their actions ie. causing unrest in the Middle East which drives hords of people towards Europe. That is our problem which we should worry about and work diligently to stop and prevent.

    But to those ISIS people themselves, we owe absolutely nothing. Not even a fair trial. First of all, they chose to go to kill and torture innocent people in the name of the vilest form of Islam in the world. By doing so, they forfeited any rights they “had” to any form of protection from European nations. They should be left to be tried by Middle Eastern courts because that’s the only place where they could get what they deserve: the noose of despicable war criminals like the Nuremberg trial defendants. Europeans have gone too soft and will erroneously protect anyone against death penalty. Well, sorry for offending sensibilities, but there are some people who pose such threat to others if they continue to live that I don’t have any qualms about putting them down like rabid dogs. Beheading people and multiple rapes of children are crimes of such magnitude that in my eyes, you’ve relinquished your right to be even considered a human.

    And secondly, they are not our problem because they aren’t Europeans. If they were actual Europeans, then we’d have some responsibility in the matter. But when they have European citizenships because governments started issuing citizenships with purchase of a box of corn flakes to people, it is a different matter. Citizenship is not something you give to unintegrated people who don’t always even speak the local language to make them feel better about themselves. Many of them and their families should have been deported years ago for having no legal reason to stay in Europe. If you get a staying permit because your country of origin is deemed too dangerous for you to be safe there and you go back there on vacation, then you obviously don’t have a reason to stay in Europe, do you?

    I say no to bringing any ISIS people to Europe. Just have the Middle Easterners hang the filth.

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