Late Sunday night in Washington, the White House announced it was pulling U.S. troops out of northeast Syria to clear the way for a Turkish invasion. The Kurds there who led the fight on the ground that defeated the so-called Islamic State had seen President Donald Trump’s betrayal coming. But still they hoped it could be avoided.
Many current and former White House advisors counseled against the kind of announcement made Sunday night. Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned last year over Trump’s threat to remove the few thousand U.S. troops in Syria, who not only served as advisors in the fight against ISIS, but as deterrence against Turkish operations east of the Euphrates River. Read entire article from The Daily Beast
Why would President Trump do this to the Kurds? The first sentence of the article gives the answer, but I can’t help but ask the question anyway. Although the president sends out tweets warning Turkey of doing anything that in his estimation crosses the line, still, he is making way for a Turkish invasion. A former senior Pentagon official told The Daily Beast that a pullout would be a “blatant betrayal” of the U.S.’ Kurdish partners that gives “carte blanche to Erdogan” for a widely forecast bloodletting. He further said, “It’s going to be a massacre, that’s clear. It’s fundamentally wrong. They destroyed the Caliphate.”
To be fair, when President Obama delivered on his campaign promise and pulled the majority of the troops out of Iraq, I thought the same thing. I was in hopes that he would heed the warning of many experts who at the time advised against such a move and hold off on his campaign promise, but he went a head with it. Next we had the formation of ISIS from the vacuum that was created by that 2011 troop draw down. Now, Trump seems likewise determined to position himself for reelection. This must be in keeping with his America First Policy. It is obvious that he is not heeding the advise of military advisers. A vacuum and later formation of ISIS is one thing, but to pullout troops to make way for an invasion on your “allies” appears to be something altogether different.
From a Bible prophecy perspective, it does bring to mind earlier discussions of who the enemy of the North is as described in the Ezekiel 38 war. The two most likely candidates have been #1, Russia and #2, Turkey. But now you have them both moving in on Israel’s northern front.