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originally posted by: vjr1113
a reply to: allsee4eye
might as well just slap a sticker on Syria that reads russian proxy and chalk another point for Putin. Ukraine, now Syria, and soon he wont have to worry about nato with trump in charge. if anything giving russia any ground to move on will only add to the US - russian tensions, and if you think Russians aren't out to get us, you are completely naive.
Syria - Trump Administration To Continue Obama Policy www.moonofalabama.org...
But the Trump administration statements are not new at all. The "announced" positions were established under Obama: President Barack Obama spent a significant portion of his final State of the Union speech discussing the fight against the terrorist group ISIS. ...
Obama said that fighting ISIS (also known as the Islamic State, ISIL, or Daesh) and other terrorists is the top priority of his administration. Also in January 2016 then Secretary of State Kerry used a similar wording as Tillerson used now: "It's up to the Syrians to decide what happens to Assad," Kerry said. "They are the negotiators and they will decide the future.""It's up to the Syrians to decide what happens to Assad," Kerry said. "They are the negotiators and they will decide the future." There is no change of policy. The top priority has been and will be for a while the fight against ISIS.
The U.S. will use this to occupy the eastern parts of Syria. When ISIS is suppressed enough to no longer be an immediate issue the removal of Assad will again become a top priority. That Assad's position will be "decided by the Syrian people" is just obfuscating as long as it is not said WHICH Syrian people are HOW to decide over it.
So he is deeply sad about Trump's statement the US is no longer focused on removing Assad