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.
After admitting I was foolish to have believed Trump was right to call Erdogan's bluff on the invasion, I find myself still thinking there may have been a rationale for Trump's move, as horrific as it has turned out to be.
Simon Tisdall describes a possible positive outcome from the negative reactions to Erdogan on the part of countries involved in the crisis:
President Trump Explains Extracting the U.S. From Syria…
Posted on October 7, 2019 by sundance
In a series of tweets today, President Trump explains the U.S. position toward the current quagmire in Northern Syria:
The neocons in Washington are playing checkers, while Moscow is playing chess.
There is no strategy to help Russia gain influence in the Middle East. It just works out that way because of Washington's incompetence.
When I say that Turkey is openly defying U.S. sanctions, I don't mean it in one particular way.
I mean that Turkey is defying U.S. sanctions in four different ways.
It appears that Turkey is intentionally antagonizing Washington. As if they are daring Washington to do something about it.
A couple months ago the Trump Administration revealed that they planned massive mission creep in Syria, with the objective of getting Iranian forces out of Syria.
The fly in the ointment has been Turkey's hostility to the Syrian Kurds, our primary allies in Syria.