We aren't leaving Syria's oil. We're only leaving the Syrian Kurds.

If you listened to the MSM you would think that we are leaving Syria.
We are leaving the Kurdish-majority areas of Syria.

As for the non-Kurdish areas of Syria. Well, that's a whole 'nuther story.

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What is so much more special about these two areas of Syria that our Kurdish allies don't have?

The al-Tanf base sits directly upon the a Iranian supply route through Iraq to Syria.

A U.S. presence at al-Tanf helps to block Iran’s hopes for a “Shiite Crescent,” a continuous land bridge from Iran through Iraq and Syria to Lebanon. From this position, Iran could threaten Israel.
Under the current withdrawal plan, the more than 200 U.S. troops who have been advising local Syrian fighters out of al-Tanf will be the last to leave the country, officials say.

So f*ck the Kurds. Protect Israel.

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As for Deir Ezzor, well, that one is very easy to figure out.

Syria's known oil reserves are mainly in the eastern part of the country in the Deir ez-Zor Governorate near its border with Iraq and along the Euphrates River

The lives of the Kurds are of secondary importance compared to our regime change plans.

US-led forces have blown up three oil tankers in Syria as the United States increases its pressure on Syria by thwarting the oil trade between the PKK/YPG and the Assad regime, according to local sources quoted by several media sources.
The strike was carried about by coalition planes, which hit three oil tankers, leaving four dead...
In Syria, Arab residents of oil-rich Deir Ezzor area began protests in April against US-backed Kurdish forces that control the region to the East of the Euphrates. The protests disrupted the oil flows from nearby fields, most of which have been controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces since the end of 2017.

The fuel and electricity shortages that are occurring now in Syria have soured previous supporters of Assad against his rule.

When push-came-to-shove, our occupation of Syria was all about 1) Israel, 2) regime change, and 3) Oil.
Maybe you think that is a bit cynical? That we honestly care about the lives of our Kurdish allies?
If you do, check this out.

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Although still seemingly prepared to withdraw from Syria—according to statements from Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and other administration officials—sources on the ground told The Daily Beast that American forces continued to try to prevent or at least rein in the full scope of the Assad regime’s deployment throughout the region.

Late Sunday night, local news sources such as Raqqa Is Being Silently Slaughtered, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, and other outlets reported that U.S. aircraft launched airstrikes against pro-Assad positions near Tabqa, Mansour, and in Khasham, killing and injuring an unspecified number of fighters...
In Deir Ezzor province to the east, pro-Assad forces were reported to have attempted to cross the Euphrates at the town of Khasaham, close to a number of large revenue-generating oil fields controlled by Kurds.

The Syrian Kurds cut a deal with the Assad government to prevent their people from being ethnically cleansed by the invading Turkish army, after we turned our backs on the Kurds. But when Damascus tried to help our Kurdish allies and ultimately save their lives, the U.S. bombed them for the effort.
Obviously regime change is a higher objective than the existence of the Kurdish people.
So keep that in mind the next time some neocon talking head on TV sheds fake tears over the Kurds being slaughtered.

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Trump is in over his head.

President Donald Trump and his advisers had assumed that Turkey wouldn't follow through its threats to invade northern Syria, Axios reported on Sunday.

Trump "had been calling Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bluff" for more than two years, the news site said, citing six sources with knowledge of the matter.

According to Axios, in previous conversations, Trump would tell Erdogan that the Turkish leader would have to "own whatever mess ensued" in the region and warned of the US presence there, and Erdogan would back down on his threats.

But having waited for US forces and their Kurdish allies — whom Turkey sees as terrorists and has long called for the destruction of — to defeat the terrorist group ISIS in the region, Erdogan sensed the US's commitment waning, Axios reported.

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@gjohnsit

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There is a policy paper out of Hillary's state department that was justifying directly bombing the Assad regime for those very same reasons.

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Fighting both Turkey and Russia. Oh goodie! MAGA! /s

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Your title sums up our foreign policy that we have been carrying out over my whole lifetime.

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And recall that it was President Trump who put US troops into Syria in the first place. Illegally.

The strategy he is changing is his own.

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