Spencer on Syria: How long should we remain there?

Friday, October 11, 2019
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Syria war damagePresident Donald Trump is making the right call in Syria despite protests from many others, says the leader of a terrorism watchdog group.

“I support him completely in this,” says Jihad Watch director Robert Spencer. “I think it is absolutely foolish and self-defeating to keep troops anywhere indefinitely, with no clearly defined plan for victory, and no clear goal.”

After ordering U.S. troops to pull back for Turkey’s assault on Kurdish fighters, Trump is undergoing a blistering attack from members of his own party, such as Sen. Lindsey Graham, and from conservative Christian leaders who had already voiced concerns earlier this year about Christian minorities being targeted by Turkey’s military in northern Syria.

OneNewsNow reported in an Oct. 8 story that military analyst Bob Maginnis, a retired U.S. Army officer now with the Family Research Council, said the U.S. troops should have remained in place but he understands Trump’s views of keeping U.S. troops out of harm’s way.

Spencer, Robert (Jihad Watch)A poll in that story, asking for readers’ reactions to Trump’s pull-out order, found the most popular answer was “Honestly not sure” which was chosen by 33 percent of nearly 1,800 respondents.

According to Spencer, it’s a weak argument to suggest U.S. troops remain in Syria to counter the “bad people” who pose a threat.

“Are we going to stay there until the end of time?" he asks rhetorically.

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