Former US Deputy Defense Minister: Trump should have stopped Turkish interference in Syria

Former US Deputy Defense Minister Paul Wolfowitz said in an editorial in the New York Times Press that the US President Donald Trump should have prevented Recep Tayyip Erdogan from launching a military operation against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the US partner in the war against ISIS..

In his article, Wolfowitz criticized Trump's decision to withdraw from northern Syria and said the latter was repeating the mistakes of his predecessor Obama to abandon the Middle East.

The writer pointed out that moving away from that region would turn America's prestige backwards, and the right American strategy needed to protect our vital interests.

He also noted that by opening the door for Turkey to seize northern Syria, Trump made a serious mistake, retired General Jack Kean called "treason" and "strategic error."

The writer pointed out that the Syrian Democratic Forces had lost 11 thousand fighters, while Washington had lost six fighters and that without the "SDF" victory over ISIS, it would have been impossible and that Washington would have lost many of its soldiers.

The writer called on Trump to tell Erdogan that Turkey helped the creation of ISIS in Syria, and that he had to "retreat" and that Trump should have told Erdogan that sending the latter to northern Syria, he would regret it.

The writer explained that there had been still little time in supporting our allies again in order to help them achieve what they had wanted in the negotiations and in order not to create a new situation and more complex, and that would not help us and would not share us in the future.

At the end of his article, the writer criticized Trump's decision to reserve from a full withdrawal, saying he would stay in Syria for oil only.


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