McGurk: Washington's withdrawal a rewarding gift to Russia, Iran and ISIS... Trump does not understand anything in politics

Former US envoy to the International Coalition Against ISIS Brett McGurk has announced in a series of tweets on Twitter that he is angry and deploring the White House statement to withdraw from northern and eastern Syria.

McGurk noted in one of his tweets “Trump tonight after one call with a foreign leader provided a gift to Russia, Iran, and ISIS.”

He also tweeted, “There’s a similar defect at the core of US foreign policies across the board: maximalist objectives for a minimalist president combined with no process to assess facts, develop options, or prepare contingencies. Our personnel are left exposed at the slightest moment of friction.”

He added “Trump made a similarly impulsive decision when I was managing the policy. I resigned over it and stand by every word in this op-ed. Tonight is a sad replay but seems even worse as US officials had since convinced the SDF that we planned to stay.”

He noted “Indeed, US officials signed the SDF up to a “security mechanism” plan by which it removed all defensive barriers on the Syrian side of the border to forestall a Turkish incursion.”

McGurk pointed out, “The Turkish proposed “safe zone” would effectively extend Turkey’s border 30km into Syria, including areas of Christians, Kurds, and other vulnerable minorities.”

“Turkey has neither the intent, desire, nor capacity to manage 60k detainees in al Hol camp, which State and DoD IGs warn is the nucleus for a resurgent ISIS.”

“The WH statement tonight on Syria after Trump spoke with Erdogan demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of anything happening on the ground. The “United States” is not holding any ISIS detainees. They are all being held by the SDF, which Trump just served up to Turkey.”


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