Trump Derangement syndrome on full display...
After months and months of criticizing US involvement in ‘forever wars’, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has had a sudden change of mind, tweeting Tuesday that pulling US troops out of Syria could have ‘catastrophic consequences’.
Trump’s sudden withdrawal from northern Syria & endorsement of Turkey’s actions could have catastrophic consequences & risks laying the ground for immense violence and suffering.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 8, 2019
We can pursue a strategy to stop our endless wars without endangering the lives of innocent people. https://t.co/N2YWjEGveX
Of course, her only reason for adopting this position now is that she will oppose literally anything President Trump does.
Last year AOC ran for Congress on a promise of working to remove troops from Syria and elsewhere:
“Alexandria believes that we must end the “forever war” by bringing our troops home, and ending the air strikes that perpetuate the cycle of terrorism throughout the world,” her 2018 campaign website noted.
She has repeatedly criticized ‘endless war’:
Previous gens have used millennials like a credit card: leaving nonstop war, an eroding planet, and education profiteering to fix ourselves.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 9, 2018
Now it’s on us. The same officials who got us into this mess aren’t going to get us out.
It’s time to elect a new generation to office. https://t.co/jFthsbFdix
The blueprint for war and regime change is right here.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 24, 2018
This is dangerous. Bolton championed wars costing thousands of lost lives - both in American soldiers and innocent people abroad.
The US must transition to humanitarian, diplomacy-led, peace-driven foreign policy. https://t.co/q44f4Nvk6U
Congress MUST repeal the AUMF.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 14, 2018
It is incredibly destabilizing legislation that erodes our government’s system of checks and balances, and a persistent threat to peace worldwide.
War doesn’t bring peace. Alleviating poverty does. Education does. Representative gov does. /2
Here is the profound danger of what we just did in Syria:— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 14, 2018
A ‘mad king’ President, with majority disapproval of Americans, just decided to bomb a nation without the Constitutional requirement of Congressional approval.
Democrats who take war money passed the laws allowing that.
Sure looks like powerful people are trying to bribe the President into war. https://t.co/e4L4YcrGKp— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 7, 2019
Paul Ryan’s project to “balance the budget” was always a ruse to explode the deficit with corporate tax cuts + endless war.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 12, 2018
Ryan continues his abdication of economic + moral responsibility with his war in Yemen, curtailing of Congressional power, & imperiling countless children. https://t.co/kXDoK2e6DQ
I remember a time when it was “unacceptable” to question the Iraq War.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 5, 2019
All of Congress was wrong, including both GOP & Dem Party, and led my generation into a disastrous + wrong war that virtually all would come to regret, except for the one member who stood up: Barbara Lee.
‘@tedlieu repeatedly asked [Sec. Pompeo’s advisor] if the Constitution gives Congress the power to declare war. He would not say "yes."— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 19, 2019
Lieu submitted the Constitution for the record.’
Common ground I find with (some) GOP:— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 3, 2019
- Ending needless war & curbing exploding military spending
- Protecting civil liberties & privacy rights (I believe people shouldn’t be spied on by gov or corporations, incl your phone & habits)
- Holding bad contractors accountable https://t.co/PSde2DWGn4
But now suddenly, AOC is OK with US troops staying in Syria, because… ORANGE MAN BAD.
The response was swift:
You couldn’t even find Syria on a map.— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) October 9, 2019
Love how a former bartender is now a foreign policy expert.— Ty Webb (@soft_fade) October 8, 2019
Even AOC wants forever war— josé miguel (@transfix) October 8, 2019
Admit it, if Trump were for sending more troops over, you'd come out against that.— NonAggressionPrinciple (@NonAggressionP1) October 9, 2019
I'm no Trump guy, but he's right to start extricating us from these disastrous interventions abroad. My 17-year-old daughter has never known a time when the US wasn't in a war with someone.
“Stop our endless wars”— Wesley Mullins (@wesleyamullins) October 9, 2019
“But not like that”
“Not like really stop them”
.@AOC in 2018 (still up on her website): "Alexandria believes that we must end the 'forever war' by bringing our troops home." @AOC today: War because Orange Man Bad.https://t.co/udDg2jw1Ri via @BreitbartNews— Big E. (@TXraidernation2) October 9, 2019
Meanwhile, some administration officials are already trying to walk back Trump’s withdrawal statements.
An anonymous senior administration official told reporters Monday “the U.S. is not removing its forces from Syria in the face of a Turkish incursion.”
Rather, the president ordered roughly 50 special operations troops in northern Syria to relocate to a different part of the country after he learned that Turkey has planned an offensive against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria. The official said that offensive had not yet begun.
Furthermore, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper tweeted then deleted the following:
It seems as if the deep state is once again papering over Trump’s promises, and the media is in lockstep.
How long do people think US troops must remain in Syria? Ten years? Forever? (Are you aware they were there illegally in the first place)? Why is it that the media always ends up defending perpetual war?— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) October 7, 2019