This op-ed piece by David Ignatius in the Washington Post today does a much better job of making the points that I was trying to get to yesterday. After reading it I was also struck by how similar were my feelings and those of my Army colleagues who has fought with me over the years in Vietnam to those expressed by current Army veterans of the war in Syria. In 1975 when I watched the evacuation of Saigon on TV from my home in San Francisco California, particularly the harrowing evacuation by helicopter from the roof of the US Embassy in Saigon, I was struck by an overwhelming feeling of failure, depression and that we had worked so hard, for so long, with such an expenditure of blood, for nothing. That, in the end, it was all a waste of effort and lives. I have not yet personally talked with any of the officers that I know who have served in Syria, but I expect their feelings to be similar to those of us who were in Vietnam.Trumps betrayal of the Kurds is sickening to US soldiers
This is another excellent analysis by Stratfor of the potential downstream consequences of what seems to me the Administrations incredibly naïve move to withdraw our limited military support from our Kurdish allies, the SDF.
As you may have read today, one of these consequences has already occurred, the completed negotiations between the SDF and Syria have seen Syrian troops began to move into the northeastern part of that country. I don’t know why it astonishes me anymore that our leadership in Washington continues to fail to grasp that actions have more than just short-term consequences and that when we pull out of an area, when any nation withdraws it forces from an area, the vacuum created will draw others in and the results may include chaos which can quickly spin out of control. We withdrew our troops from around the world after World War II, we did in Vietnam, we did it after helping to defeat the Soviets in the Afghan war of 1979 to 1989, we did it in Iraq in 2010 which led to the amazing success of Isis and we just done it again and Syria. In every one of these cases the unintended results were negative for us and the world.
This is an excellent, detailed overview of the current shape of the Brexit negotiations. It’s got everything one might want to know in sufficient detail to finally help me understand just how complex this subject is.Stratfor_WorldView-how-brexit-could-play-out-deadline-draws-near
The latest issue of the CTC Sentinel (Available Here) includes this article on Russia’s Battlefield Success in Syria that I thought might be of interest to you in light of all the recent events in the Near East.