The global military industry is worth trillions of dollars per year. The US military budget alone runs close to AU$1 trillion per year.
And this doesn’t include the shadier budgets of the world’s intelligence organisations.
That’s a mind- boggling amount of money funnelling through unelected officials’ hands each year. The kind of money that can buy a lifetime of power and influence.
Little wonder then that these Deep State forces, and their media mouthpieces, are stomping mad over US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw some 2,000 US troops from Syria. That war has been raging since March 2011, with more than half a million people killed to date.
But all the noises you’ll hear about the US abandoning its fight against ISIS are just that. Noise.
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Secretary of State explains Trump’s Syria withdrawal
Trump has moved to pull the US out of a proxy war that could run almost indefinitely. Russia and Iran’s forces back the government of Bashar al-Assad, while the US and Turkey back rebels fighting to overthrow that government.
Condemnation came from top Republican lawmakers and the US-allied Syrian Kurdish militia who also fight against ISIS.
As reported by SPA, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo moved to set the record straight following Trump’s surprise and welcome announcement, with his statement on the Laura Ingraham radio show:
‘Be assured that the United States of America intends to continue that counterterrorism campaign, continue the fight against ISIS, whether it stems from Syria or other places.’
‘the mission…was to take down the caliphate. We remember folks in cages being lit on fire. The primary mission was to go take down the ISIS caliphate. That is at the very tail end of completion. And we have ISIS remnants in lots of pockets around the world.’
Trump also defended the plan, insisting it was part of fulfilling yet another of his 2016 election campaign promises. Always a man of his word, Trump.
And he reiterated these respectable motives in a tweet on Thursday:
‘Does the USA want to be the Policeman of the Middle East, getting NOTHING but spending precious lives and trillions of dollars protecting others who, in almost all cases, do not appreciate what we are doing? Do we want to be there forever? Time for others to finally fight…..’
But of course, haters are always gonna hate.
Sceptics calling withdrawal a dangerous move
US commanders are panicking over the potential negative implications of a quick withdrawal from war-torn Syria. Of course, this ‘quickness’ is only assumed, for the White House are yet to release a timeline of the pull.
As DPA also reports, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said the ‘withdrawal decision will directly strike at efforts to completely defeat the terrorist organisation (Islamic State) and will have dangerous consequences for global stability and peace’.
But Russian President Vladimir Putin has labelled Washington’s decision to retreat as the ‘correct’ one. For quite some time, Putin has seen the US presence in the fight as illegitimate.
At his year-end media conference in Moscow, as DPA reports, Putin pointed out the blatant truth that there was no need for US troops to facilitate a political resolution of the conflict.
In other words, he was telling reporters to quiet down on the noise, for it isn’t necessary.
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