10 Facts The Mainstream Media Won’t Tell You About The War In Syria

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Darius Shahtahmasebi via TheAntiMedia.org,

Corporate media regularly attempts to present Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria as solely responsible for the ongoing conflict in the region. The media does report on events that contradict this narrative — albeit sparingly — but taken together, these underreported details shine a new light on the conflict.

10: Bashar al-Assad has a higher approval rating than Barack Obama

Despite Obama’s claims Assad is illegitimate and must step down, the fact remains that since the conflict erupted in 2011, Assad has held the majority support of his people. The elections in 2014 – which Assad won by a landslide with international observers claiming no violations – is a testament to the fact that although Assad has been accused of serious human rights violations, he continues to remain reasonably popular with the Syrian people.

Obama, on the other hand, won elections in 2012 with a voter turnout of a mere 53.6 percent of the American public; only 129.1 million total were votes cast. This means approximately 189.8 million American people did not vote for Obama. His current approval rating sits at about 50 percent.

9: The “moderate” opposition has been hijacked

There is no longer such a thing as “moderate” opposition in Syria – if there ever was. The so-called Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) has been dominated by extremists for years. The U.S. has known this yet has continued to support the Syrian opposition, despite the fact the New York Times reported in 2012 that the majority of weapons being sent to Syria have been ending up in the hands of jihadists. A classified DIA report predicted the rise of ISIS in 2012, stating:

“If the situation unravels, there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria… and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime.”

Further, an FSA commander went on record not only to admit his fighters regularly conduct joint operations with al-Nusra (al-Qaeda in Syria), but also that he would like to see Syria ruled by Sharia law.

Apparently, moderate can also mean “al-Qaeda affiliated fanatic.”

8: Assad never used chemical weapons on his own people

A U.N. investigation into the first major chemical weapons attack committed in early 2013 — an atrocity the West immediately pinned on Assad — concluded the evidence suggested the attack was more likely committed by the Syrian opposition. A subsequent U.N. investigation into the August 2013 attack never laid blame on anyone, including Assad’s forces. In December 2013, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh released an article highlighting deficiencies in the way the situation was handled:

“In the months before the attack, the American intelligence agencies produced a series of highly classified reports…citing evidence that the al-Nusra Front, a jihadi group affiliated with al-Qaida, had mastered the mechanics of creating sarin and was capable of manufacturing it in quantity. When the attack occurred al-Nusra should have been a suspect, but the administration cherry-picked intelligence to justify a strike against Assad.”

7: Toppling the Syrian regime was part of a plan adopted shortly after 9/11

According to a memo disclosed by 4-star General Wesley Clark, shortly after 9/11, the Pentagon adopted a plan to topple the governments of seven countries within five years. The countries were Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Iran.

As we know, Iraq was invaded in 2003. American ally Israel tried its hand at taking out Lebanon in 2006. Libya was destroyed in 2011. Prior to this intervention, Libya had the highest standard of living of any country in Africa. In 2015, alone, it dropped 27 places on the U.N. Human Development Index rating. U.S. drones fly over Somalia, U.S. troops are stationed in South Sudan — Sudan was partitioned following a brutal civil war — and Syria has been the scene of a deadly war since 2011. This leaves only Iran, which is discussed below.

6: Iran and Syria have a mutual defense agreement

Since 2005, Iran and Syria have been bound by a mutual defense agreement. The Iranian government has shown they intend to fully honor this agreement and has provided the Syrian regime with all manner of support, including troops, a $1 billion credit line, training, and advisement. What makes this conflict even more dangerous, however, is the fact Russia and China have sided with Iran and Syria, stating openly they will not tolerate any attack on Iran. Russia’s military intervention in Syria in recent months proves these are not idle threats – they have put their money where their mouth is.

Iran has been in the crosshairs of the U.S. foreign policy establishment for some time now. George W. Bush failed to generate the support needed to attack Iran during his time in office — though not for lack of trying — and since 2012, sanctions have been the go-to mantra. By attacking and destabilizing Iran’s most important ally in the region, the powers that be can undermine Iranian attempts to spread its influence in the region, ultimately further weakening Iran.

5: Former Apple CEO is the son of a Syrian refugee

The late Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, was the son of a Syrian who moved to the United States in the 1950s. This is particularly amusing given the amount of xenophobia, Islamophobia, racism and hatred refugees and migrants seem to have inspired — even from aspiring presidents. Will a President Donald Trump create the conditions in which future technological pioneers may never reach the United States? His rhetoric seems to indicate as much.

4: ISIS arose out of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, not the Syrian conflict

ISIS was formerly known as al-Qaeda in Iraq, which rose to prominence following the U.S.-U.K. led invasion of Iraq in 2003. It is well-known that there was no tangible al-Qaeda presence in Iraq until after the invasion, and there is a reason for this. When Paul Bremer was given the role of Presidential Envoy to Iraq in May 2003, he dissolved the police and military. Bremer fired close to 400,000 former servicemen, including high-ranking military officials who fought in the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. These generals now hold senior ranking positions within ISIS. If it weren’t for the United States’ actions, ISIS likely wouldn’t exist.

ISIS was previously known by the U.S. security establishment as al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), but these fighters ultimately became central to Western regime change agendas in Libya and Syria. When the various Iraqi and Syrian al-Qaeda-affiliated groups merged on the Syrian border in 2014, we were left with the fully-fledged terror group we face today.

3: Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia wanted to build a pipeline through Syria, but Assad rejected it

In 2009, Qatar proposed a pipeline to run through Syria and Turkey to export Saudi gas. Assad rejected the proposal and instead formed an agreement with Iran and Iraq to construct a pipeline to the European market that would cut Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar out of the route entirely. Since, Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia have been staunch backers of the opposition seeking to topple Assad. Collectively, they have invested billions of dollars, lent weapons, encouraged the spread of fanatical ideology, and helped smuggle fighters across their borders.

The Iran-Iraq pipeline will strengthen Iranian influence in the region and undermine their rival, Saudi Arabia — the other main OPEC producer. Given the ability to transport gas to Europe without going through Washington’s allies, Iran will hold the upper-hand and will be able to negotiate agreements that exclude the U.S. dollar completely.

2: Leaked phone calls show Turkey provides ISIS fighters with expensive medical care

Turkey’s support for hardline Islamists fighting the Syrian regime is extensive. In fact, jihadists regularly refer to the Turkish border as the “gateway to Jihad.” In May 2016, reports started emerging of Turkey going so far as to provide ISIS fighters with expensive medical treatment.

Turkey is a member of NATO. Let that sink in for a moment.

1: Western media’s main source for the conflict is a T-shirt shop in Coventry, England

This is not a joke. If you follow the news, you most probably have heard the mainstream media quote an entity grandiosely called the “Syrian Observatory for Human Rights” (SOHR). This so-called “observatory” is run by one man in his home in Coventry, England — thousands of miles away from the Syrian conflict — yet is quoted by most respected Western media outlets (BBC, Reuters, The Guardian, and International Business Times, for example). His credentials include his ownership of a T-shirt shop just down the road, as well as being a notorious dissident against the current Syrian president.

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Despite the fact much of the information in this article comes from mainstream outlets, those circulating it refuse to put all of the storylines together to give the public an accurate picture of what is going on in Syria.

Assad may be brutal — and should face trial for allegations of widespread human rights abuses — but this fact alone does not make the other circumstances untrue or irrelevant. People have the right to be properly informed before they allow themselves to be led down the road of more war in the Middle East, and consequently, more terror attacks and potential conflicts with Russia and China.

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Ms No's picture

Another thing that the MSM wont tell you about the war in Syria is that Israel and friends would like to control the entire ME, it's oil and then probably have another go at Bulsheviking Russia.

"This is not a joke. If you follow the news, you most probably have heard the mainstream media quote an entity grandiosely called the “Syrian Observatory for Human Rights” (SOHR). This so-called “observatory” is run by one man in his home in Coventry, England..."

Damn, that is funny and yet completely unsurprising. 

Sandmann's picture

Israel wants Golan but now faces Syrian artillery and new Sukhoi jets

wee-weed up's picture

I hate to break it to you, but there's a hell of a lot more the MSM won't tell you that is MUCH more important than Obozo's stupid war in Syria.

conscious being's picture

I applaud all steps in the right direction.

jeff montanye's picture

indeed.  speaking of turkey offering medical care to isis, etc., based on intercepted phone calls, israel does the same, based on israeli newspaper headlines:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Report-Israel-treating-al-Qaida-fighter...

p.s. the msm isn't telling you that mossad ran 9-11 either but it was on israeli television:

MILLER: (VO) This is Kurzberg’s younger brother, Sivan, who was one of the three men on top of the van that morning. Although Paul and Sivan would not talk with us about the incident, Sivan and two of the other detainees did go on an Israeli talk show after their return. Oded Ellner denied they were laughing or happy that today.

Mr. ODED ELLNER: (Through translator, from Israeli talk show) Nothing of the kind, the fact of the matter is, we are coming from a country that experiences terror daily. Our purpose was to document the event.”

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2012/11/08/911-dancing-israelis-phony-lawsuit/

http://www.unz.com/article/the-dancing-israelis/

WordSmith2013's picture

It is beyond any question that --->
The Syrian Holocaust Was A Preplanned Genocide And Forced Exodus

 

http://themillenniumreport.com/2015/12/the-syrian-holocaust-a-preplanned...

DownWithYogaPants's picture

In case the turd who wrote this article did not notice:

Steve Jobs as a human being was not exactly stellar

You're not helping Syrian refugees by conflating him with.

And let's not forget that Syrian refugee gave him up for adoption.  Great.  So Syrian refugees don't care about their kids.  

You're really makin' your case there dude!

TuPhat's picture

You are correct about Jobs.  I don't think he was a tech genius either.  He was a businessman who hired tech geniuses.

conscious being's picture

I just read that Israel just crossed into the Golan buffer zone and is building tank traps. Are they expecting visitors?

Urban Redneck's picture

Speaking of MSM bullshit for the sheeple, I keep seeing authors yapping about some pipeline from Qatar that doesn't exist, and was never actually going to be built...

If you want to understand how a little lie becomes a big lie and the media propagates utterly evil bullshit because no one bothered to perform the most basic intellectual investigation (whether MSM Bobblehead or Wall Street AnalCyst, or Houston Petroleum Engineering PhDipshit)...

Or how differently your moral and intellectual superiors with TS/SCI clearances see the world...

Footnote 18 in the linked article (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Pars_/_North_Dome_Gas-Condensate_field) on the gas field SHARED by Iran and Qatar points to (http://www.theoildrum.com/story/2006/6/8/155013/7696)

Simmons & Co is a respected bunch of AnalCysts with PhDs in Petroleum Engineering, but in this case their heads were so far up their asses when jumping to laughable and unsupported conclusions I was having flashbacks of Henry Blodget pimping dot com bullshit.

The original Simmons report has been pulled from their website, but if you read the oildrum post critically you should be able to identify where they jumped the shark.

The explanation of events offered can be summarized as: one of the most experienced integrated oil majors spent millions of dollars mobilizing an offshore drilling rig and personnel, and then went smack into the middle of the LARGEST gas field in the world, drilled one well, didn't find any gas or oil, called it quits, went home, swallowed the loss, gave up on the vast production sharing profits and EPS that they would have been entitled to had they hit commercially recoverable gas, and then all the PhDs in the industry decided because ConcocoPhilips must have been telling the truth about why they gave up their search for gas where they KNEW it existed, that the gas field MUST hold LESS gas and MUST be LESS contiguous than previously believed, so everyone in the industry must then (erroneously) adjust their calculations...

Meanwhile there are specific PEOPLE and ORGANIZATIONS that have harbored a grudge against Iran since 1979, the excuses change over time, hostages, State sponsored terrorism, Iran-Iraq War, WMD, etc. but regardless of the excuse du jour, the solution is MOAR SANCTIONS, until Wolfowitz gets his invasion.

In addition, there are many hundreds of people who have pieces of the elusive truth, and some who have a more complete understanding about what exactly they discovered on Charlie Platform (it wasn't Atlantis, despite what someone in a tinfoil hat might claim in few years). An interesting question is whether or not more people actually know the whole story because some of the several hundred with first hand knowledge would have US HumInt and NSA SiGInt would have picked up a fuck ton of chatter. BTW no NDA's (.gov or .com) were violated in writing this post, if you ever have the means to get really cool work without signing your conscience or your freedom away, I highly recommend doing so.

So right about the time evil reptilian Hitlery was hatching the ISIS egg in Syraq... the US had huge leverage and a mutual interest with the Al Thani clan in Qatar in regards to destabilizing the Assad regime, and this third date followed upon Qatar initially providing financial and media fodder for the Muslim Brotherhood and Arab Spring, and then arms and mercenaries to pick up the slack for NATO when they ran out of bombs in Libya...

Leverage & Mutual Interest.
Leverage & Mutual Interest.

mary mary's picture

There are several shooting wars going on in the world today over pipelines.  There have been shooting wars over pipelines as long as there have been pipelines.

Urban Redneck's picture

The problem is that the mythologies concocted to explain the wars in proximity to pipelines are generally incompatible with the actual alignment of the flow of beans, bullion, and bullets with the pipeline itself.

How long many wars been fought over Caspian oil transportation to the Med since the collapse of the Soviet Union? Running down that list of conflicts and participants what is the actual possibility of some new alliance/geostrategic shift between Erdorat & St. Puti? LESS THAN ZERO.

Or in the case of Syria, the relative dates for launch and cancellation press releases/milestones for two pipelines and Assad's Four Seas initiative, how can one seriously argue that the Qatar pipeline would EVER be built, before addressing whether the gas for the pipeline even exists (unencumbered) in Qatar's 100-year plan, because no one except a basement couch troll would argue that an oil company would IDLE/MOTHBALL tens of billions of gas to liquids CapEx in order to transition to pipelines and long term marriage commitments and price discounts to specific customers... They won't make up for the incremental revenue loss on volume.

mary mary's picture

I am glad that you have researched this.  Perhaps the only purpose of the war on Syria is to expand the power of the Gulf States and Israel.  I do wish they would quit doing that, and instead devote their energy to improving life within their own countries.

beemasters's picture

"Another thing that the MSM wont tell you about the war in Syria is that Israel and friends would like to control the entire ME, it's oil and then probably have another go at Bulsheviking Russia."

Forget MSM... even ZH, Infowar or Drudge aren't brave enough to tell you that.

swmnguy's picture

Nope, to get that insight one would have to read Zbigniew Brzezinski's "The Grand Chessboard."

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Russia is remove all gaseous weapon from Syria because little boy Obama is impotent.

Ms No's picture

Apparently the Congo just defaulted.  Will somebody call that English guy in his Mom's basement and find out what the Syrian Human Rights Observatory thinks about this?

https://www.rt.com/business/354437-congo-debt-default-sp/

GreatUncle's picture

You see 1 man and his dog can change the world ... you just got to believe.

Moe Howard's picture

His bio father was Syrian from Horns that moved to Lebanon to go to Uni. He then left Lebanon to go to NYC.

Intelligence_Insulter's picture

The Osama slayer is supporting Al-Qaeda.

CarpetShag's picture

Why has the logout button been removed from the ZH mobile website?

back to basics's picture

Come on Tylers answer the question. 

conscious being's picture

Just clear history to delete cookies. And I did downvote you ... by accident. But now I don't want to upvote you, so I'm just gonna leave it.

CarpetShag's picture

Many thanks - that worked. For that operation in Safari on the iPAD, you have to go to settings in the main menu and search for the operation with a magnifying glass.

conscious being's picture

No worries. I think they make it too difficult on Mozilla. It's important enough that it should be intuitive.

mary mary's picture

I use Internet Explorer, and my "logout" button still works.

Sandmann's picture

6: Russia and Syria have a mutual defense agreement

 

On 8 October 1980, Syria and the Soviet Union signed a Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation.[6] The treaty runs for twenty years and has automatic five-year extensions, unless one of the parties terminates the agreement. It provides for regular consultations on bilateral and multilateral issues of interest, coordination of responses in the event of a crisis, and military cooperation.[7] The treaty remains in force to this day.[8] In January 1992, the Syrian government recognized the Russian Federation as the legal successor to the Soviet Union.

InternetToughGuy's picture

The current conflict in Syria was spawned (where else?) in isreal, with the "Clean Break" document. 

"Pursuit of comprehensive peace with all of Israel’s neighbors was to be abandoned for selective peace with some neighbors (namely Jordan and Turkey) and implacable antagonism toward others (namely Iraq, Syria, and Iran). ...

Before setting Israel and the US on a warpath that would ultimately set the Middle East ablaze, the Clean Break authors were basically saying: Not through peace accords will the great questions of the day be decided?—?that was the great mistake of 1978 (at Camp David) and 1993 (at Oslo)?—?but by “divide and conquer” and regime change. By wars both aggressive (“preemptive”) and “dirty” (covert and proxy)."  

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-07-01/short-history-neocon-clean-brea...

 

css1971's picture

Bollocks. Israel may well be on the side of the US and Saudi, but the conflict is a Saudi one and it began August 15th 1971. The US is the Saudi enforcement arm.

Were seeing the result of Kissinger's deal with Saudi to support the US dollar.

To end the wars in the middle east, this deal has to be broken. One way or another.

HopefulCynic's picture

Saudi Khazars, Israeli Khazars..... both come from the same place and have the same agenda, both are equally brutal and conniving, they are the same thing.

 

You wrote it yourself just did not notice Henry Kissinger and Saudi Arabia (The King). Both share the same ancestral bloodline and are part of the system. They are also very deceptive, but it is no excuse, common sense helps make light of the situations. Even though Israel and SA support each other, they rarely claim it publicly, but they have the same enemies and all policies in the US pro Israel and Pro SA, are brokered, planned and executed by Khazars in the US with dual US/Israeli nationality. 

 

Look at the Wahhabi school of thought, they preach terrorism against Jews and Israel all they long, SA, Qatar, Kuwait, UAE are Wahhabi Sunni in ideology and all of them with blood ties. Israel caught not once but several times helping ISIS and AL Nusra militants, it is all done under the water, but they have a clear alliance, and historical blood ties. 

jeff montanye's picture

thanks.  that was enlightening, i think.

HopefulCynic's picture

The conflict was sapwned long ago, ever since the inception of Zionism, this was reported more than a century ago, and several times in fact, but they call it Conspiracy Theory, Clean Break, was just the adaptation of the plan to be carried out in contemporary circumstances. They have been advancing their agenda, that is evidently clear. 

granderojo's picture

Leading off with a randomized survey of 1000 middle eastern/north african internet users who *claim* to be from Syria is not a great way to lead off your post about why not to like the West's interventionist mindset.

granderojo's picture

Leading off with a randomized survey of 1000 middle eastern/north african internet users who *claim* to be from Syria is not a great way to lead off your post about why not to like the West's interventionist mindset.

conscious being's picture

I appreciate the article, but as for this, "Assad .. should face trial for allegations of widespread human rights abuses", Who is the author to judge? The author is a little too starry-eyed about "Western Justice".

You know, Slobodan Miloševi? [Milosevic] former president of Serbia, was just found innocent of war crimes at The Hague. To bad for Slobodan, after already spending years in prison, he died a couple of years ago, while still in Western custody. Poisoned as be was about to testify would fit the MO.

It's way too easy for the diabolical Western media to latch on to a target and attempt to demonize an AngloZino opponent. It should be obvious to all now. I understand now that the same type of NeoCon snipers that callously shot both sides in Kiev at the Maidan, just to really enflame both sides, those same type of snipers were working the first Syrian demo that really went off the rails at Daraa. Why not? I'm sure they where both Vicky Knudelman-Kagan operations.

Let the Syrians work it out themselves. Who thinks the Empire of Chaos is in any moral position to judge?

Joe A's picture

Here is a link to the article on Milosevic. http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/08/01/the-exoneration-of-milosevic-the-...

I believe that he was a crook and part of some political clique but he was not the genocidal maniac the West portrayed him to be. The ICTY verdict also states that. He was not part of a criminal enterprise to ethnically cleanse Bosnia and Herzegovina. Oh, there was a criminal enterprise alright but it was not based in Belgrade but in Berlin and DC.

Now, Karadzic and Mladic they are butchers but did you know that the US had a secret agreement with France and the UK to not to provide airsupport to Dutchbat in Srebrenica in case the enclave would be attacked? Dutchbat asked 9 times for airsupport but received very little at the end. Dutch journalists found prove of this in the Clinton Archives.

Today marks the start of Operation Storm during which 220,000 Serbs were ethnically cleansed from Croatia and nobody has gone to jail for that. Croatia is now rehabilitating war criminals from the conflict of the 90s as well as war criminals from the Ustasha regime of the 1940s that murdered thousands of Serbs, Jews and Roma.

conscious being's picture

The Western Media tells most people what to think. Eventually, there are consequences.

I just found this on Western, AngloZino regieme change and unknown snipers. According to GlobalResearch, there is a pattern.

Unknown Snipers and Western backed “Regime Change” A Historical Review and Analysis

white horse's picture

You are butcher for speaking something that you don't know about Karadzic and Mladic.

Joe A's picture

What? They are "Serb heroes"? These two men -who hate each other's guts btw. and only a few had respect for Karadzic- fell into a trap set up for them by Izetbegovic and Oric. Milosevic warned Karadzic and Mladic not to attack Srebrenica but they did anyway and ever since then Serbs are associated with the massacre there despite all the Serbs that got killed and cleansed during the conflict of the 90s. After that Croatia (Operation Storm) and the international community could do whatever they wanted with Serbs, using Srebrenica as a stick to hit them with. They did Serbs a really big disservice.

spyware-free's picture

Milosevic exonerated and yet the criminal Clinton cabal including that ugly witch Madeleine Albright and Dick Holbrooke who pushed for bombing Serbia on false pretexts escaped justice. All of them including Wesley Clark should be in irons rotting on an island prison somewhere.

Ms No's picture

This guy probably silk screened 20,000 shirts that say "Help the UN put an end to Assad barrel bombing Sunni children", "Russia is trying to expand their empire", "Vote no on Brexit", "David Cameron didn't screw that pig", "The Shia are evil AND THEY STINK!", "ISIS' spring training begins in March in Riyadh, don't be late!".

de3de8's picture

I guess that message continued onto the back.

wide angle tree's picture

The US gov is a criminal operation.

Who benefits?

the.ghost.of.22wmr's picture
the.ghost.of.22wmr (not verified) Aug 4, 2016 2:54 AM

#5 Are you kidding me?

 

So fucking what if Steve Jobs was biologically part-Syrian? I don't give one steaming shit about the technology and iCrap that he polluted the Earth with.

assistedliving's picture

I don't give one steaming shit about the technology and iCrap that he polluted the Earth with.

upvoted 4, 5 X 1?  Steaming shit about the man who built the largest MC co. in the world?  

Steaming shit says more about the author and ZH readers than what's polluting the Earth

el mago's picture
el mago (not verified) Aug 4, 2016 3:04 AM

Few more facts:

1. The rebels AKA "Hillary merceneries" get their medical treatment in Israel.

2. ISIS is trolling the golan heights but never shot a bullet towards Israel.

3. Israel is part of the coalition forces, but never get mentioned! 

4. We don't benefit from these wars in the middle east, but they "the supremacist criminal zionist running the FED and wallstreet" benefit at lot from this chaos. Don't forget the Rothschild colony is right next to Syria and Iraq!

cart00ner's picture

Exactly...

Stop the slaughter of our soliers for $

cart00ner's picture

It's not our/your country...

Who gives a fuck & let them sort their own shit out!

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Then maybe the fucking terrorists will go back to fucking eachother up!

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Go Trump - pull the troops out.

Techpriest of Mars's picture

Ohhhh for god sake, stop being a gullible moron,

Trump will never pull your troops from the ME simply because your entire ponzi casino economy will collapse the day after. What a great way to make "America great again" ......