Trump Reportedly Tells Military To Start Planning For Syria Withdrawal

Update: At this point, "walking back the president's controversial statements" should be included in all job descriptions for positions in the White House press office.

In a statement released late Wednesday morning following reports that Trump had told generals to start preparing for withdrawal, Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement that appeared to soften Trump's demands that we immediately withdraw, while still leaving the possibility of a withdrawal in the not-too-distant future on the table. In the statement, Huckabee said that the White House "will continue to consult with our allies and friends" about its plans for a withdrawal without offering a concrete timetable.

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"The military mission to eradicate ISIS in Syria is coming to a rapid end, with ISIS being almost completely destroyed. The United States and our partners remain committed to eliminating the small ISIS presence in Syria that our forces have not already eradicated. We will continue to consult with our allies and friends regarding future plans. We expect countries in the region and beyond, plus the United Nations, to work toward peace and ensure that ISIS never re-emerges."

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Just hours after Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Pentagon press corp that a "decision was made" regarding the future of US troops in Syria, the Washington Post reported Wednesday that Trump has instructed the military to begin planning to withdraw US troops.

Though no date has been set for the withdrawal, and Trump reportedly told officials that US troops could be involved in training tasks for local troops to ensure security in liberated areas during a meeting Tuesday, he said that the US mission wouldn't extend beyond the destruction of the Islamic State. The group has relinquished all of its territory in Syria and has largely retreated from its so-called caliphate.

According CNN, last week, President Trump surprised the Pentagon by saying the US would wind down its operations in Syria, outraging the interventionist establishment in the process. Sen. Lindsey Graham even raged that pulling out US forces could "destabilize the region" and that it'd be "the single worst decision the president could make."


He again surprised the Pentagon by doubling-down on his plans during a Tuesday press conference.

"Let the other people take care of it now. Very soon, very soon, we’re coming out. We’re going to get back to our country, where we belong, where we want to be."

Officially, the US has only 500 troops on the ground in Syria (at least that's the Pentagon line). However, late last year, a senior military commander accidentally admitted that the real number of US troops on the ground is closer to 4,000, per the Washington Post.

Last year, Foreign Policy reported that the Pentagon had "no plans" to withdraw troops from Iraq and Iran despite the (Russia-aided) collapse of ISIS's co-called caliphate. Generals said the military didn't want to pull out before a "diplomatic plan" had been established. But a lot has changed since then.

Meanwhile, Brett McGurk, the special envoy for the global coalition against ISIS, told the same forum that the struggle in Syria was far from over, per Reuters.

"We are in Syria to fight ISIS. That is our mission, and our mission isn't over, and we are going to complete that mission," McGurk said.

Of course, in the Trump administration, nothing is certain until it is done, and there's plenty of reason to doubt that the withdrawal will happen, despite Trump's order. Trump ultimately backed off on troop withdrawals in Afghanistan last year, instead authorizing 4,000 additional troops to be deployed.

But assuming it goes through - and the shift comes at a sensitive time for Trump who has recently lost support of much of his base with the decision to cave on the border wall - it would represent an unprecedented rebuke to the military, not to mention Trump's defense secretary, Gen. James Mattis, who has said recently that US troops would remain on the ground in Syria for the foreseeable future.

Could Trump soon see the deep state and the military aligned against him?

Meanwhile, Coats added that the US has promised to take "additional measures" to stop malign Russian activities and defend the 2018 US Congressional elections, even though almost two years later, the US has yet to produce proof that Russia intentionally swayed the 2016 vote.


JimmyJones Bes Wed, 04/04/2018 - 10:50 Permalink

Nice President Trump, I guess this proves your not a puppet of the House of Saud and Israel as others said.  They seam to think that we must stay in Syria because Israel wants us there.  Guess they were wrong.  I guess the trolls will have to find a new "divide and Conquer" strategy on Trumps base.  Staying in Syria is a fight that will be lost in the UN (I do hate the UN).  Its blatantly illegal, Assad out lasted the nut job terrorist created by the CIA.

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Giant Meteor pods Wed, 04/04/2018 - 11:20 Permalink

Well you see, once upon a time there was these verrry bad men and ..

Saudi's US and ISIS

Saudi's best friends with US and ISIS

Isreal best friends with Saudis, US and ISIS ..

Russo, China, and Syrie best friends

Europia red headed step child ..

And everything was jussssssss right ...

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Billy the Poet Giant Meteor Wed, 04/04/2018 - 11:32 Permalink

Bes, since you reject the President's call for a US exit in Syria what other plan can you offer? You've said that only a full simultaneous withdraw from all overseas military bases will satisfy you. How do you intend on accomplishing that?

Isn't it reasonable to assume that taking things one step at a time would be more effective than demanding that Trump either fix everything immediately or do nothing at all? Would Trump have a better chance of success if people who want to see deescalation support him in this policy rather than condemn him for it?


PS -- Don't just downvote. Explain why it is wrong to support the President's plan to withdraw from Syria. Present your better plan. The fate of nations and the lives of innocent people are at stake.

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FBaggins John Kerry-Heinz Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:09 Permalink

“We'll be coming out of Syria like very soon. Let the other people take care of it now," 

Even if there was any truth in this, what does it mean?

Question: “Coming out? – coming out to where Donald?” 

Answer: “Well, that is classified.”


Question: “Very soon? – this year? next year? when exactly?

Answer: “That too is classified.”


Question: “Other people? – Who Donald? Who? The Turks? The French? The Russians? Newly trained radical terrorist insurgents to replace ISIS? You must know Donald. Who?

Answer: “You will see.”


Question: “Take care of it? IT? What do you mean by IT? Getting rid of the Assad government? Partitioning and destroying Syria for lebensraum for Israel? Making Syria into another heap of rubble like Iraq so it will be an easy conduit for the long-intended recapture of Iran and its oil? What Donald do you mean by it?”

Answer: “We will remain committed to Israel and our plans to restore order to the Middle East.”


Qanus Translation: “We cannot stay there without the Syrian people turning on us directly, and so there will be OTHER PEOPLE we will support to do the dirty work just like we did in creating and supporting ISIS.  

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Blankone Billy the Poet Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:31 Permalink

They are attacking Trump because this is just another one of his lies. Trump has been completely inconsistent in his words/actions and flips to do 180's with ease.
Trump said he supports Israel 1000%, he wants to make Jerusalem Israels capital, under Trump the number of bases in Syria went from under 10 to over 20, it is Trump who directly attacked Syrian military bases, it is Trump who killed Russian nationals in Syria, etc...

There is a reason even some of Trump fan base has begun to question what he is.

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BobEore Giant Meteor Wed, 04/04/2018 - 11:49 Permalink

The Don has just three days... 

to 'bring the gomers home' - before we hit the anniversary mark of 'MISSILES OVER SYRIA' and everybody remembers - once agin!- just how he pummelled his 'base' ... right into the sand! 

After that... we'll have month after month of ever more grisly flashbacks - departing 'advisors' 'abandoned bannons' and other loose cannons which fell off the deck of a sinkin ship of ghouls 

you jus know are gonna fall for this latest feint! All over agin

Bring the gomers back into the fold! Before Mielania files! 

Which is when the debtor-in-chief will really feel... that cold Siberian wind on his kiddie hands!




Sater/Arif 2020.... why pretend any more? The world needs more Kazakistans!

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BobEore Billy the Poet Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:15 Permalink

What is it about 'down votes' and you anyways? 

I used to chuckle watching you after getting (another)pasting... spend days sneakin around behind the floorboards here hittin each an every older post of your opponent with a downie... long after the threads were dead... 

in desperate attempt to assauge the butt pain. Live by the button, die by it champ! Pay attention to your own stick handling and skatecraft... not the friggin scoreboard! 

That's how the gentlemanly art of intellectual pugulism is performed!

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Billy the Poet BobEore Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:23 Permalink

What is it about 'down votes' and you anyways? 


When folks downvote a plan for the US to withdraw from Syria I like to know why.


I used to chuckle watching you after getting (another)pasting... spend days sneakin around behind the floorboards here hittin each an every older post of your opponent with a downie... long after the threads were dead... 


How do you know who down votes whom?


in desperate attempt to assauge the butt pain.

The murder of innocents by the US government hurts my heart, my mind and my soul. That's why I take these discussions seriously.

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FireBrander pods Wed, 04/04/2018 - 11:21 Permalink

We are not in Syria; "freedom fighters" are in Syria and we're helping them remove that dictator Assad and beat back ISIS which is also trying to remove Assad but has failed due to Russia helping Assad and kicking ISIS's ass in a few months time; a job the USA was unable to complete despite years of "trying".

It's complicated; just trust the military/politicians, they know what they're doing.

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i poop pink ic… mailll Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:19 Permalink

Tomorrow? Glad you asked. For tomorrow - 

1. Our United Snakes Deep State will continue to remove our proxy "ISIS" rebels from Syria. 

2. We'll "import" these same proxy "rebels" into the U.S. via our southern border. 

3. Our imported ISIS rebels will be ordered to stir up violence (while "fighting for their freedom") inside the United States. 

4. Our government will be "forced" to disarm law-abiding American gun owners in order to prevent any "further increase in violence". 

Next question, please...

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Giant Meteor mailll Wed, 04/04/2018 - 13:38 Permalink

Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat !

There were these neocons see, and neoliberals too, which has nothing at all to do with conservative or liberal ..

Anyway, these neocons see, they decided they were gonna blow the shit out of some countries, and spread democracy and such. Defend human rights by creating human rights attrocities, mass casualty events, dislocations, destruction of antiquities, entire cultures and such. Strangely, many of these neocons have, how shall we say politely, loyalties to another mideast country, whom they pledge allegiance to, forsaking all other's.

Meanwhile the American pubic, voting and non voting alike, and also lacking proper motivation, as well as perspective were (mis) treated to that which is now euphemistically known as 9/11 (as an aside, was presided over, (a cast of thousands) by one Robert Mueller, now investigating the sitting President and his men for potentially scandalous, conduct ..) 9/11 get it ? Emergency, emergency, come quick, send in more troops, on to Iraq to take out the strong man we created !

Well as you can imagine, the neoliberals not wishing to appear weak and all, and no small detail, in basic agreement regarding overall globalist agenda of the techno elite financialization of everything, the money changin etc. all signed on , you know, fightin for demon-cracy and such ..

Well the next thing you know, old Haliburton's a millionaire, kin folk said, Bush move away from there, said .. well you get the idea ..

So round and round we go, where she stops, nobody knows, but I'll tell ya, there is a price to be paid for all this lying, cheatin, stealing, and murderin ..

And if folks think that this price is even close to being paid, well, there's nothing more anyone can tell them really. Just gonna have to experience all that joy, up close and personal, as many other can now attest.

So without further adieu, I return you to the rest of the show , as we breathlessly await further details from propaganda HQ via the jawbone express ..

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FireBrander swmnguy Wed, 04/04/2018 - 11:17 Permalink

"Trump Reportedly Tells Military To Start Planning For.." a deployment along the USA/Mexico border and orders the Army Corps of Engineers to immediately begin construction of temporary barriers in the most needed areas and a permanent barrier to eventually replace those temporary barriers.

Where's that headline?

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