Russian mercenaries give video tour of abandoned US base in Northern Syria, laughing at the hasty US retreat, showing unfinished meals on dining tables and heavy military equipment left behind. A Russian propaganda coup. https://t.co/9WHrmEe1Xc
— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) October 15, 2019
That video makes it appear that we just turned tail and ran.
Which, by the way, is exactly how the Kurds view our removal of troops.
Here is more courtesy of the New York Times:
These have been disastrous weeks for American foreign policy, a popular presenter on Russia’s state television told viewers on Sunday night with an I-told-you-so smirk.
The United States essentially turned its back on Ukraine amid the impeachment inquiry, TV host Dmitri Kiselyov said in his marquee weekly show. Then, Washington abandoned the Syrian Kurds.
“The Kurds themselves again picked the wrong patron,” Mr. Kiselyov said. “The United States, of course, is an unreliable partner.”
As the Middle East reels from President Trump’s erratic foreign policy, Russia is savoring a fresh chance to build its status as a resurgent world power and cast itself as a force for stability. The withdrawal of United States troops from northeastern Syria, coupled with Turkey’s incursion, is allowing Russia to play the part of responsible peacemaker and to present a contrast to what many in the region see as unstable leadership from Washington.
So now America is mocked by a nation that we defeated in a cold war that ended in the 1980’s as the puppet they placed in the White House hands them victory, after victory, after victory.
Is this really who the Republicans wanted representing their party?