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Ardent Trump defender Graham calls decision to withdraw from Syria ‘DISASTER in the making’

Ardent Trump defender Graham calls decision to withdraw from Syria ‘DISASTER in the making’
Senator Lindsey Graham, who is usually one of President Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters, has lashed out at his decision to withdraw US troops from northeastern Syria ahead of an imminent incursion by Turkey.

The move, Graham said, will result in a return of the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), make the Kurds ally with the Syrian government, destroy Turkey’s relationship with the US Congress, and leave a stain on US honor, the senator argued. He said he would file a motion in the Senate seeking a reversal of the decision.

Trump said the withdrawal of troops from Syria was long overdue and justified abandoning the Kurds to a likely Turkish onslaught by saying the US paid “massive amounts of money and equipment” to the Kurdish militias to fight against IS.

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Quite a few critics of President Trump lashed out at what they call a betrayal of the Kurdish militias and submission to the wishes of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Ankara considers Syrian Kurds to be terrorists and for years has criticized the US for supporting them.

US politicians with quite differing views found themselves in the same camp, united in condemnation of Trump’s move. The president’s 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton, and his former envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, blasted the US leader for siding with Turkey against the Kurds.

Interventionism arch-advocate Bill Kristol lamented an erosion of US leadership, while Mike Gravel, the anti-militarist former senator, said all Americans “should hang their head in shame” over Trump’s actions.

Some commenters, however, pointed out that most of the people crying treason today should re-examine the flaws of US foreign policy, which long predate Trump’s arrival in the Oval Office.

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