WASHINGTON, D.C. – The majority of North Carolina’s Republican Congressional Delegation joined Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi to censure President Donald Trump for his deicsion to pullback less than 50 U.S. troops from the war zone in northern Syrian.
Representatives George Holding, Virginia Foxx, Mark Walker, David Rouzer, Richard Hudson, and Patrick McHenry all voted for House Joint Resolution 77 condemning the president. Recently seated Congressman Dan Bishop and Ted Budd did not vote on the measure..
Only Reps. Greg Murphy and Mark Meadows, among the North Carolina Republicans, thought joining Pelosi to censure the President was a bad enough idea.
After all, the 129 Republicans voting in support of this resolution are doing nothing more than helping Democrats further damage Trump. Examining the details of the commander-in-chief’s decision to withdraw what by most accounts is a couple dozen or so personnel from areas hotly contested by the Kurdish PKK and the Turks reveals it as not so much an impulsive abandonment by a rogue president, as a strategic adjustment that errs on the side of valuing American lives above all else.
A consideration not often addressed in President Trump’s relatively small step back in northern Syria (2,000 more troops are headed to Saudi Arabia) is overarching strategy to contain or confront Iran. The short media cycle memory of these times has already move on from ‘US/IRAN WAR’ headlines after the Islamic Republic BOMBED A THIRD OF THE WORLD’S OIL REFINING CAPACITY in Riyadh.
Pulling deterrents back from the north Syrian border, where the Marxists PKK Kurdish militants hold ground, and allowing Turkish buffer zones to take hold that both block Iran in the north and allow US efforts to be focused on pressuring flanks of the IRGC push to link up with Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Yet the knee jerk reaction of the Washington establishment was to buy right into the narrative that Trump’s action was that of a rogue and spastic executive worthy of terse condemnation. They maybe changing their tunes now that a ceasefire has been agreed to, and they’ll definitely be asking for Trump endorsements come 2020.