Why Are the Media So Eager to Declare Trump’s Syria Withdrawal Dead?
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Virtually from the moment Donald Trump announced that he would be removing U.S. troops from Syria, corporate media have converged around a narrative that the president has been forced to walk back his decision. But while a withdrawal will undoubtedly prove more challenging than the president originally anticipated, this verdict simply does not reflect the facts on the ground.
When John Bolton spoke in Jerusalem earlier this month, leading news outlets reported that Trump’s national security adviser had declared that withdrawal would not be completed unless and until specific conditions had been met or objectives achieved. The New York Times announced that “Bolton Puts Conditions on Syria Withdrawal, Suggesting a Delay of Months or Years,” claiming that he “told reporters that American forces would remain in Syria until the last remnants of the Islamic State were defeated and Turkey provided guarantees that it would not strike Kurdish forces allied with the United States.”
The Associated Press story, which was picked up by The Washington Post, proved similarly categorical. “U.S. troops will not leave northeastern Syria until Islamic State militants are defeated and American-allied Kurdish fighters are protected,” a top White House aide is quoted as saying. The article also notes that Bolton was “signaling a pause to a withdrawal abruptly announced last month and initially expected to be completed within weeks.”
Those stories were written on the assumption that Bolton was enunciating yet another policy on Syria withdrawal. There is now good reason to believe that no such new policy decision has been made. The Wall Street Journal has quoted a defense official as saying, “Nothing has changed. We don’t take orders from Bolton.”
January 14, 2019 at 9:09 AM #12132Mr. Mickeys MomModerator
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“The Times and AP failed to provide the actual text of Bolton’s statement, much less any analysis of it in context of his statements.”…
- We no longer (as if this was going to surprise anyone) HAVE a fourth estate in this type of reporting (thank Dog for reporters with Truthdig and some others who deserve our support)
- Gee…. we can’t stop the economics of the war machine now, can we?
- Nobody’s really in charge at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave
Another reason people have to get their news on the internet, as Jimmy Dore would say!
Hell, no... I'm not giving up...
January 14, 2019 at 11:06 AM #12163Ohio BarbarianModerator
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Because their corporate owners have investments in corporations like Raytheon and Boeing and war is profitable for them.
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January 14, 2019 at 11:26 AM #12171ThouArtThatParticipant
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Simple Answer -look no farther than Marine Corp General Smedley Butler and his book “War is a Racket”.
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