President Trump prefers to use targeted economic weapons instead of the U.S. military forces against foreign adversaries. In keeping with this strategy President Trump is announcing a set of economic sanctions and tariffs against Turkey for their decision to cross into Syria and create a crisis amid all regional interests. (Source)
One of the reasons this strategy is better than any military action is simply because Turkey is a unique NATO ally, and the NATO alliance within Europe is insufferably incapable of taking action to defend their interests.
European NATO members want the benefits of a perpetual U.S. military presence. That EU outlook is simply beyond the limits of what President Trump is willing to do. President Trump wants to bring our troops home.
You’ll notice the complete lack of action by the EU that would serve as a deterrent to President Erdogan of Turkey. All of the responsibility for counter-measures is being placed on the shoulder of Americans and the American taxpayer. The EU has not, is not and will not, lift a finger to impede the hostile activity by Turkey in Northern Syria.
Ultimately President Trump is highlighting the reason why the U.S. should withdraw from NATO by spotlighting the insufferable weakness of the assembly. NATO won’t even vote to defend their own interests, so why should the U.S. be their crutch?
With Europe refusing to stand-up to defend their own interests, President Trump is removing U.S. forces from the untenable position of guarding all the big cat cages, ad infinitum, to keep the zoo status intact.
Instead, President Trump is going to support the Arab coalition and the GCC that has been assembling a military coalition to protect itself from the Muslim Brotherhood.
That is why President Trump is willing to support Saudi Arabia with more troops, while withdrawing from Syria where the U.S. was having to stand alone to protect the interests of Europeans who will not protect themselves.
In one regional area the U.S. will support and defend Israel, Egypt and Jordan. In the Southern region the U.S. will support the Gulf Cooperation Council (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Yemen, Bahrain and Qatar).
Will political Islam likely have a resurgence in the region, and will Recep Erdogan rise as the head of the Ottoman Empire once again? The former is likely, the latter is unknown.
President Trump is correctly withdrawing U.S. troops from a position of adversarialism against a NATO member. Why should the U.S. protect the interests of allies who will not stand-up to protect themselves…
President Trump is correct.
Exit stage right. Invest in American companies that dont feed the industrial military complex.
Not just the EU, but the UN. The UN does NOTHING and is proving itself totally useless, pointless and unsupportable. The US should get out of the UN. Turn the UN building into a homeless shelter.
None of what Pres Trump is doing would have been possible had the USA been dependent on foreign oil.
But now we are the world’s biggest oil producer!
Also Erdogan’s one big arrow in his quiver is his willingness to unleash hundreds of thousands of Muslims upon Europe.
BUT, as Europe has welcomed its Muslim migrants it has become even more open to more Muslim migrants.
Europeans (more of them Muslim everyday) are not put off by Erdogan’s empty threat. The more, the merrier, as far as they are concerned.
Maybe Donald should close Trump Towers, Istanbul, to punish Turkey.
Damn you are dumb, really, really willfully ignorant. Trump doesnt own that property. Trump Towers Istanbul is not owned, developed or sold by The Trump Organization or any of their current or former principals or affiliates. Ortadogu Otomotir Ticaret A.S., Tasyapi Insaat Taahhut Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S., the owner and developers of the property.
They only rent the Trump name, lamebrain.
@kitt: Oh, yeah? Well, Trump is STILL a meanie!!
@Deplorable Me: Ya I know Orangeman baaaaad.