New Civil War: Rebellion
Against Slavery of Our Minds
White House Considering
Syria Reversal: May Leave
500 Troops, Deploy Dozens
Of Battle Tanks
24 October, 2019
Just days after apparently withdrawing US troops from Syria, much to the chagrin of the military-industrial-complex-sponsored Washington establishment, that and other equipment to protect them.
The abrupt reversal, reportedly fits with his statement earlier today that he wanted to safeguard the oil fields (seen by Washington as potential leverage in future negotiations over Syria), tweeting:
Syria is now politically more fragmented than ever, as the following chart from , parts of the country are controlled by various faction s (based on data analysed by the German newspaper Handelsblatt).
In the north there is a strip about 30 kilometres wide, which Turkey seeks to control as a "safe zone". The parts into which Turkish troops have already penetrated are coloured purple. The red areas were newly occupied by Syrian-Russian forces, showing how Assad is now gaining influence in the region. The majority of the planned Turkish control zone is still controlled by Kurdish militias (yellow areas on the map).
The options for tanks and troops, which , has the smell of a strawman from the neocons - bargaining over troop numbers and logistics - in an effort to gauge the base's reaction and to then provide some leverage on the president to reverse his position more aggressively.
As a reminder, after ordering all U.S. forces out of northeastern Syria in early October, (after Sen. Lindsey Graham outlined the potential importance of the oil) .
Of course, it is still unclear what will be done with the approximately 1,000 troops - mostly special ops - but, as Senator Graham made clear - they're not coming home any time soon:
“There are some plans coming together from the Joint Chiefs that I think may work, that may give us what we need to prevent ISIS from coming back, Iran taking the oil, ISIS from taking the oil,” he said.
Perhaps the Deep State's grip is a little firmer, and Graham's marshalling of Senate votes to 'save' Trump from impeachment, than the president initially conceived.