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Do you agree with President Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria?
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Glenda Stark, 10/25/2019 12:40 PM
President Trump made this a campaign promise. Like so many other promises he made and has kept. If nothing else, it shook up our other allies, & the Kurds, to get more involved, monetarily and fighting.
As I understand the withdrawal, we didn't have enough troops on the ground there to make a difference, so why leave them there as fodder?
The Middle East has been fighting for centuries. It's in their DNA, and we aren't going to change that.
Patricia Keyes, 10/25/2019 4:06 PM
I have Kurdish friends, and they aren't always the nicest people, but they are loyal to the U.S. and I wish that we could have removed them ahead of our withdrawl. Once you betray them, as this can only appear to them, it's hard to ask them to ever help again. And we've betrayed the Kurds over and over again. Something humanitarian should have preceded this action.
Patricia Keyes, 10/25/2019 4:11 PM
I want the troops home. We don't have enough of our own people to defend our homeland borders. Too many are deployed over seas. But WHY did it have to be the Kurds to go first? That's all I'm saying. I DO want to be out of other countries. Isolationism is a cheap way to defeat them as they become weakened by their own self-inflicted refusal to join the western world, both in humanitarian values and conflict resolution.
Mary Miller, 10/25/2019 4:24 PM
I am old enough to remember the Vietnam war. Unless you go in to win, stay out. We are not privy to all the security briefings that the President gets so we can not know everything. One thing we do know is that Turkey is part of NATO, which means if we were to take the "Kurds side" and fight Turkey the rest of NATO would be treaty bound to fight us. I am sure Russia and China would be very glad to assist the other NATO countries in the fight against the USA. Unfortunately, that part of the world has been at war for centuries, we can not be there, literally forever.
caren, 10/27/2019 11:32 AM
A very close family member, before retirement from the Army after 27 years, was on 6 deployments in 10 years, so 6 + years away from home and family. One year returned in December, left in January, new year new deployment. And let's not forget the results and all the health issues these soldiers face after so many years of deployments. Bring them home to their families.
K.L. Shillock , 10/27/2019 10:27 PM
it isn't WHAT was done.....it's HOW it was done! To abandon the Kurds when we've been (as I understand it) using their services) is wrong. Our President lacks finesse......which you would think by now he would have learned. He opened the door for Putin to step right in. Mary and Patricia above plus others are quite right. We should not be in the Middle East Quagmire (thank George W. for that.) They are as tribal and warring now as they have been for centuries with no evident will to change. The danger, of course, is spillover. Geography is no longer any protection.