National Security

Trump Secures a Permanent Ceasefire in Syria Without Any American Bloodshed

President also lifts sanctions against Turkey, 'unless something happens that we're not happy with'

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President Donald Trump announced earlier today — as he confounded critics on both sides of the aisle — that a “permanent ceasefire” is now in place between the Kurds and Turkey.

Because of this “major breakthrough,” as he called it, recent economic sanctions against Turkey have been dropped.

But just listen to what critics have said ever since his announcement about troop withdrawals.

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Dems said he sold out the Kurds.

Others said he was cutting and running.

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Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) — always to be counted on in the Trump critique department — told him he was “too late.”

The president seems to have proved them all wrong, saying from the White House on Wednesday during a press conference that “this was an outcome created by us, the United States, and nobody else, no other nation. Very simple … We’ve done something very, very special.”

Even before those remarks, Trump hinted at the development in an early morning tweet on Wednesday.

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The agreement requires the Kurds to move out of a 20-mile zone on the Turkish border with Syria.

They have until 6 p.m. local time next Tuesday to do so.

After that, Russian forces will patrol the border to ensure compliance. Sanctions or tougher penalties could be further imposed by the U.S. if Turkey breaks the ceasefire agreement.

This is a victory for Trump’s policy to put a stop to “endless wars.” He campaigned strongly on a “Trump Doctrine” of non-intervention in foreign conflicts unless vital U.S. interests were at stake.

“We’re achieving a peaceful and much more stable area, between Turkey and Syria,” said the president on Wednesday, “including the 20-mile wide safe zone.”

But in a remnant of outdated Cold War thinking by many in the national security establishment, Trump’s views on this issue were called “isolationist” and even likened to the appeasement-minded “America First” movement of the 1930s.

Since he announced that American units were redeploying out of Syria and would no longer be directly serving with the Kurds, at least overtly, otherwise sober and judicious GOP members of Congress such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), have gone out of their way to put distance between themselves and the president on the troop withdrawal issue.

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Cotton, a veteran, can be excused because he knows the bonds forged in combat — and perhaps internalized his empathy for the Kurds.

McConnell, however, is usually a sharp and realistic player, and it is strange he jumped too quickly against the president on this.

When the troop move was announced, major left-wing media outlets suddenly became pro-military and bemoaned the abandonment of our Kurdish allies.

This is a funny thing, given that when we left the South Vietnamese, the Cambodians, the Iranians, and various opposition groups around the world hanging in the lurch, NBC, CBS, and ABC didn’t shed any tears.

Any sympathy when the Union Jack was hauled down in Hong Kong? Not much at all.

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But this was an opportunity to attack President Donald Trump from the seeming Right — and in concert with certain Republicans.

Who says CNN is biased against Republicans? They side with McConnell on this, right?

Their spin was to no avail, as Trump outmaneuvered them and secured a ceasefire without shedding American blood.

See this video of Trump’s remarks — and share your thoughts.

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David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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