Trump is being taken to the woodshed by his Russain overlords.

Courtesy of Reuters

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday Washington would send armored vehicles and troops to the Syrian oil fields in order to prevent them from falling into the hands of Islamic State militants.

His comments came after President Donald Trump earlier this month pulled some 1,000 U.S. military personnel out of northeast Syria, a move that prompted Turkey to launch a cross-border incursion targeting the Kurdish YPG militia, a former U.S. ally against Islamic State.

Trump’s decision drew an angry backlash from Congress, including key Republicans who saw the pullout as a betrayal of the Kurds and a move that could bolster Islamic State.

In a statement, Russia’s defense ministry said Washington had no mandate under international or U.S. law to increase its military presence in Syria and said its plan was not motivated by genuine security concerns in the region.

“Therefore Washington’s current actions – capturing and maintaining military control over oil fields in eastern Syria – is, simply put, international state banditry,” it said.

I hate to say it but I kind of agree with Russia that we do not have the right to “protect” this oil. 

It’s not ours and we have no say in who gets it or who deserves to benefit financially from its sale. 

So now we all get to watch and see how long it takes Trump to do an about face on leaving troops behind and somehow spin it as protecting American lives, rather than jumping through Putin’s hoops.