US Senate challenges Trump’s plans to withdraw from Syria

Donald Trump’s announcement and follow up statements about withdrawing US troops from Syria and Afghanistan were typically controversial, vague and contradictory. He surprised and alarmed people in the US, to the extent that his Defence Secretary James Mattis resigned immediately over Trump’s withdrawal proclamation last month.

The criticism continues.

Time: Trump’s Own Intelligence Chief Contradicted Him Several Times

The nation’s intelligence chief contradicted President Trump’s statements on North Korea, Syria and Russia while addressing the Senate on Tuesday, arguing that ISIS continues to pose a threat to the United States despite the Administration’s claims that it has been defeated.

Director of U.S. National Intelligence Dan Coats released the results of the Worldwide Threat Assessment, which describes the biggest international dangers facing the United States, and told lawmakers during the Senate hearing that the U.S. must “keep our eyes on” ISIS.

“While ISIS is nearing territorial defeat in Iraq and Syria, the group has returned to its guerrilla warfare roots while continuing to plot attacks and direct its supporters worldwide. ISIS is intent on resurging and still commands thousands of fighters in Iraq and Syria,” Coats said.

As usual Trump thinks he knows best.

Does Trump know that Iran is closely linked to Syria? A US withdrawal from Syria would help Iranian interests there.

These tweets have been criticised – Bloomberg:  Trump Blasts U.S. Spy Agencies as Passive, ‘Weak’ on Iran Threat

Responding to Trump’s criticism, Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said in a tweet that “it is a credit to our intelligence agencies that they continue to provide rigorous and realistic analyses of the threats we face. It’s deeply dangerous that the White House isn’t listening.”

Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on Senate Intelligence, said in a tweet that “the President has a dangerous habit of undermining the intelligence community to fit his alternate reality. People risk their lives for the intelligence he just tosses aside on Twitter.”

Now the US Senate, led by a Republican majority, are pushing back against Trump’s plans (if you can call them plans, they are more like random proclamations).

CNN:  In rebuke to Trump, Mitch McConnell unveils proposal urging troops stay in Syria, Afghanistan

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing an amendment to a Middle East policy bill that would acknowledge “al Qaeda, ISIS and their affiliates in Syria and Afghanistan continue to pose a serious threat to us here at home,” a move seen as a sharp rebuke to President Donald Trump’s push to withdraw US troops from Syria.

“It would recognize the dangers of a precipitous withdrawal from either conflict and highlight the need for diplomatic engagement and political solutions to the underlying conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan,” McConnell said Tuesday from the Senate floor, announcing the amendment to the bill, which is currently being debated.

McConnell added that, “while it is tempting to retreat to the comfort and security of our own shores, there is still a great deal of work to be done…..we’re not the world’s policemen, but we are the leaders of the free world.”

The leader of ‘the leaders of the free world’ (that’s increasingly debatable under Trump’s isolationism) might have to do a lot more firing to get his Intelligence agencies onside with his way of thinking, but one president can’t vote out 100 senators.

The US risks becoming the joke of the free world, but given the international situations the lead joker is thrashing around in it is not really a laughing matter.

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  1. Griff.

     /  31st January 2019

    The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong!

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  2. Joe Bloggs

     /  31st January 2019

    Russia’s testing rockets too – perhaps el trumpo should start caring about them as well….

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  3. Joe Bloggs

     /  31st January 2019

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  4. Joe Bloggs

     /  31st January 2019

    Cult-45ers are much like trump. The believe whatever he believes, whether it is vague, fake, contradictory, or just plain hamberder covfefe

    The joke of the free world.

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    • Gezza

       /  31st January 2019

      Trump’s main problems essentially seem to be ego, laziness, and density.

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      • Joe Bloggs

         /  31st January 2019

        that and being a duplicitous s.o.b.

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      • Joe Bloggs

         /  31st January 2019

        ps. lovely and quiet without Sir Alan… I wonder if he’s still hiding under Mother’s bed after the drubbing El Trumpo received last week….

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    • Duker

       /  31st January 2019

      Its not like the intell people havent been wrong before – wasnt the whole WMD fisasco because GWB , and Cheny knew they were right, but they just kept pushing

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  5. seer

     /  31st January 2019

    Yes, President Trump is quite a phenomenon. But President Putin and President Assad and others have said they judge US Presidents by their actions not their words.

    Interesting comment this morning from a USAian at https://syrianperspective.com/2019/01/syria-redux-in-caracas-with-american-hypocrisy-lit-up-on-the-billboards.html

    Veritas semper vincit #286111
    I’m going to make some bold predictions after looking at all this clusterf*ck here at home and on the international arena, and those are not going to be popular, especially with the” true believers”.
    -the Donald is not going to finish his term
    -he is going to be the last president of the American zionist empire
    -US is not going to finish the year in the same form it started it
    The lawlessness has became too obvious and in your face . US has pissed off everybody, even the vassals are hating it. Those are going to be the most vicious to get revenge when the US is down.
    Russia and China have made a plan, put in place right now, to counteract the sanctions and economic pressure.
    US didn’t have too much of a face even before, but after Syria and now Venezuela gambit, the mask is off and what it shows is very ugly.
    There is absolutely nothing left to support the “faith” that the Donald is “fighting the globalists”-I’ve said it long time ago, even made a caricature at my site called ” Bush’s evolution”, depicting the 5 presidents .
    This can not be tolerated anymore for practical reasons:
    -business is made based on trust, good faith and friendly partners
    When somebody/ some entity can randomly:
    -arrest foreign citizens( Huawei, Russians, Iranian journalist Mazieh Hashemi, who is a US citizen too, etc.)
    -can proclaim that the president is a MoFo who graduated at C!A university and nobody elected
    -can seize property at will( Russian consulates, Venezuela’s gold, billions in banks belonging to foreign .gov)
    -can declare wars and bomb countries based on FF and fake news( the Donald himself pretends he fights fake news)
    -withdraw from any international treaty it signed ( Iran deal, INF, etc)
    -suppress any dissent voice ( it just happened to me, I verified how it’s done)
    The days of this person/ entity are numbered.
    ——
    He (Donald ) is not going to get away with it. Things are not decided by the average American ” sh*t for brains”-they never were. But now , the rest of the world has reached its tolerance and they are powerful. They only try to pretend they re not because they want to avoid an increased catastrophe. But, it’s obvious that US is not rational and nobody can do treaties/deals/talks with it.

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  6. Joe Bloggs

     /  31st January 2019

    The intelligence community has now stated very clearly what the threats are, where America is succeeding, where it is not. trump chooses not to recognize that.

    On the one hand, Iran is complying with the agreement.

    On the other hand, North Korea has 19 additional sites of nuclear weapons.

    The cock-womble deserves an “F” for comprehension of the national security issues. Meanwhile he continues to fuel the Cult-45ers with fear and hate – see Maureen above…

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  7. at last; the generals come to attention

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