On Thursday, at a “Thank You Rally” in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Donald Trump promised that he would create “safe zones” in Syria, making his first reference to America’s future role in the conflict since he was elected.
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Trump’s comments were made following changing recent events in Syria, where Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces are close to recapturing a vital rebel stronghold in Aleppo.
Trump told the crowd:
When I look at what’s going on in Syria, it’s so sad. It’s so sad, and we’re going to help people.
The president-elect then insisted that he would make the Gulf States pay all costs associated with helping the Syrian people, stating:
We’ll build and help build safe zones in Syria, so people will have a chance.
Trump then went on to restate his commitment to discriminating against refugees (which is also a dog whistle term also used to describe Muslims) from “regions where they can not be safely processed or vetted.”
Trump’s Syrian remarks end at 1:42:20.
Like virtually all of Trump’s promises, the notion that the U.S. will be able to build a “safe zone” and make the Gulf States pay the bill is more than just a bit “factually challenged.”
It was revealed in October that a series of the hacked emails stolen from John Podesta, a former chief of staff under Bill Clinton, involved correspondence between Podesta and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Judging from the email, it appears that Clinton once accused Qatar and Saudi Arabia (two of the wealthiest Gulf States) of helping fund the Islamic State (ISIS).
In the nine-point email focused on diplomatic and military actions being used to fight ISIS, Clinton told Podesta in August 2014:
We need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL and other radical Sunni groups in the region. The Qataris and Saudis will be put in a position of balancing policy between their ongoing competition to dominate the Sunni world and the consequences of serious U.S. pressure.
The email was sent six months after Clinton resigned as Secretary of State and eight months before her formal announcement that she was running for president in 2016.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki made a similar statement in March 2014 when he publicly claimed that Riyadh (the capital city of Saudi Arabia) and Doha (the capital city of Qatar) had been openly funding ISIS, while Maliki’s forces battled the terrorists in his country’s western Anbar province.
And there are those U.S. military and intelligence community who concur with Clinton and Maliki’s assessment.
Meanwhile, both the governments of Saudi Arabia and Qatar continue to deny any involvement with ISIS or any terrorist organization.
A commentator on Quora offered an interesting perspective on the Syrian conflict as it relates to the role foreign governments like Saudia Arabia and Qatar may have played in the war.
Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey planned, instigated and started the Syrian uprising using some of the Sunni population, They managed to get the military portion of it so bloody and so fast that it pinned more Sunnis against the government due to in-city fighting which within an year started looking like a civil war.
It is not a civil war as the population at large is not involved or pinned against each other, they were the master architect of the Syrian uprising with help from Turkey and approval from US, the wahabiasim preached in Saudi Arabia is responsible for the majority of terror attacks around the world, funny how the Saudis want to destabilize an elected inclusive Syrian President coming from a monarchy which by the way the public have no say on the matter as to who leads them.
While opinions as to what role foreign governments have played and continue to play in Syria may differ, there is one thing about the whole situation that’s crystal clear.
Donald Trump is completely clueless and will most certainly fail spectacularly should he try to fulfill any of his outlandish promises as they relate to Syria.
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