First of all, the Kurdish people don't have their own country instead they have a territory that "some," of them live in and it's a terrible location as they're surrounded by Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. Those that aren't specifically in their region are a minority group in all of these countries which is a bad position to be in as they have no political clout. Plus, pretty much every country would like to push them out of where they're primarily located (Kurdish Territory), because it would give them additional land to set up missiles and place troops in their ongoing fight against each other. This is one of the reasons the Kurds are often fighting as they're constantly trying to protect their land. This is why their known as such good fighters because for many of them, it's all they've ever known.
Kurds comprise around 19% of Turkey's population, 18% of Iraq's population, 20% of Iran's population, and 9% of Syria's population. They are imbedded among people from these countries with very few of them being part of the Kurdish army. It wouldn't make sense for them to be; it would be like Mexican Hispanics living in the U.S. being part of the Mexican army. So the fact is, we're not letting down all the Kurds. Most of them have no desire to go back to the Kurdish territory as it's much less civilized than where they are now.
But there are some soldiers who try to protect their territory and whomever is creating the most problems for them at the time, in this case Syria, gets their military attention. Turkey has also been fighting against Syria (nothing new), so the Kurds are helping them out because they have a common enemy. The problem being that around 9% of Syria's population are Kurdish so they were facing genocide by Syria's president Asaad.
We had around three primary goals in reference to using U.S. troops in Syria and that was to get closer to the Syrian rebels who would have better intel on ISIS and to stop Asaad from human rights violations and destabilizing the region by land/oil grabbing. Where were other countries in helping the Kurds and Syrian rebels? Once again the U.S. goes in to help other people yet we end up being demonized. This is part of what President Trump is talking about. We continue to risk American lives and we not only don't get credit for our help, we get attacked in one way or another for either getting involved or not getting involved. It's a no-win situation.
Lastly, we wanted Russia to know that we weren't going to let them use their forces to kill Syrian rebels like President Obama did. We weren't going to allow Russia to force a no fly zone like he doing under President Obama. Sending troops was a message about Russian's overt support for Asaad and that we would up our military involvement if they continued their offensive. It worked. Russia and Syria both backed down their aggressiveness. If it heats up again, we can make the decision whether to get engaged again.
With all of the above in mind, let's take a look at some truths Democrats and the mainstream media are leaving out of their attacks on President Trump:
1) We only had 2,500 troops in Syria to begin with, it's not like we were in a full-scale war and are pulling back major assistance to the Kurds and Turkey. If something happens and it's in our country's best interests to reengage, we could have thousands of troops there within a couple of days.
2) Most Democrats didn't want us in Syria to begin with, this is why Obama did absolutely nothing there and allowed Russia to get a foothold, yet now they're all concerned about pulling back U.S. troops. The mainstream media ran articles about why the U.S. shouldn't get involved in another Syrian conflict yet now they're attacking Trump for doing the very thing they wanted and that is to pull out our military. I find this disgustingly unethical.
3) Trump's foreign policy isn't crazy and it hasn't changed. Before he even thought about running for office his stance was to only risk American lives if there were clear gains for American citizens. Strangely enough, Democrats tried to paint him as a war monger during the 2016 election when his ideology was clearly just the opposite. They have no problem telling blatant lies for political gain. They don't even worry about getting caught. All anyone must do is go to YouTube and it's very clear what Trump thinks about when deciding if it's worth engaging U.S. troops, but I guess some members of the Democratic Party don't want to know the truth, they just want to attack Trump.
We have a lot of people saying if Trump pulls our troops out, no one will trust us anymore. The fact is, we can't stay in there forever. There will always be conflicts in that region, it's been going on for thousands of years. So in order for other countries to trust us we need to establish a permanent presence? We could pull out five years from now and the same argument would be made that we weren't trustworthy. It's insane.
We accomplished mostly what we wanted and if Asaad tries to attack other countries and it's in our best interest to jump in, then we'll do it. The only countries that should count on our full support are those who have promised the same to us which includes countries like Britain, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Poland, and Spain. No Muslim country or territory has signed their support as an official Ally of the U.S. Why should we give our full and unending support to countries who don't reciprocate and when we don't have a cause that is worth risking American lives and U.S. dollars to support?
It's easy for these politicians to play politics with other peoples' lives. They literally have no skin in the game. And for a political party to have been so hands-off in reference to military involvement during the Obama Administration to be so pro-military involvement now, shows a terrible lack of integrity. They should be embarrassed but they're not.
Should we be in Syria? Should we pull out now? Will it cause more harm than good? The problem is that none of us know for sure because we don't get an opportunity to see the full picture. Some of it for reasons of national security and some of it because the role politics has taken in filtering facts. We no longer get the pure who, what, when, where, and why of stories as it goes through political spin before ever reaching our eyes and ears.
So the fact is, if we Democrats and Republicans argue amongst ourselves about who is right or wrong about this situation, and many others for that matter, we are quite frankly doing exactly what our political parties want us to be doing. Is Trump's Administration doing the right thing in reference to Syria, I don't know. What I do know is there isn't any decision he could make that would be irreversible. We aren't stuck with any choice. The Middle-East has been a hornets nest as long as I can remember so an easy solution nor consensus will ever exists.