As the old saying goes, even a broken clock gets the time right twice a day. It could apply to US President Donald Trump. For all his flaws – and they are abundant – the White House occupant can surely get at least one or two things correct.
But the way critics of The Donald tell it, there is nothing, absolutely nothing, redeemable about the 45th president. The Democrats and their supportive news media outlets never give him a break.
Watching the likes of CNN is insufferable. It is so predictable. Bash Trump, slam Trump, carp, carp, carp. There is relentless negativity, to the point where his critics lose any credibility because they are coming from a doctrinaire anti-Trumpism.
There is no interaction with facts or objective conditions. It’s relentless prejudice and limpet-like adherence to a preconceived agenda.
Take Trump’s latest order to pull US troops out of Syria.
The president’s decision this week was lambasted by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Democrats and Republicans were in unison, decrying the withdrawal of US forces from the Arab country as a “strategic blunder”.
It was said to be a “gift” to adversaries, either the Syrian government of Bashar al Assad, or Russian President Vladimir Putin, or Iran, or to ISIS terrorists.
Admittedly, Trump’s declaration of “victory” over ISIS [Daesh*] in Syria and his celebratory news via Twitter of “our boys coming home” was cheesy grandstanding for his electoral supporters.
Only days before Christmas, Trump was posing as Santa Claus with a shiny big present for the nation.
Nevertheless, the pullout of US forces from Syria has to be seen as a good and proper thing.
For a start, the 2,000 American troops and squadrons of warplanes have been illegally present in that country for the past four years.
They are an occupying army in violation of Syria’s sovereignty since the US neither has a UN Security Council mandate for its operations nor of course authorization from the Syrian government.
Moreover, tens of thousands of Syrian civilians have been killed by US forces.
The destruction of the city of Raqqa last year with thousands of women and children obliterated by US air strikes stands out as a monumental war crime.
Washington’s claims of “fighting terrorists” in Syria does not justify the de facto invasion of the country.
Besides, anyone who has honestly researched the conflict, instead of relying on Western news media, knows that the “war on terror” claim is a cynical cover for US forces to destabilize Syria and foment regime change against the Assad government.
Assad’s alliance with Russia, Iran and Hezbollah, and his staunch anti-Israeli, anti-US imperialism is why Washington targeted his nation.
Tragically, before the war erupted in March 2011, Syrians had a proud and ancient history of peaceful coexistence between religious faiths.
Far from combating terrorism in Syria, the US has systematically weaponized and covertly directed the jihadists as proxies for its criminal regime-change objective.
The supposed “popular uprising” in Syria against Assad was always a carefully contrived Western propaganda narrative to conceal the real agenda of regime change that Washington and its NATO allies and regional client regimes wanted.
In moments of clarity, Trump knows that.
During his 2016 election campaign, he stated correctly that the Obama administration “created ISIS”.
And he said the war in Syria was pointless. That’s not Trump being “conspiratorial” and “making stuff up”.
There is ample documented evidence that the American CIA and other NATO military intelligence orchestrated the jihadist proxies, along with billions of dollars from the Saudis and other Gulf Arab dictatorships.
Trump’s self-congratulations this week for “winning the war against ISIS” are, to be sure, laughable.
It was the Syrian army and its Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah allies that defeated ISIS and the US-sponsored covert war for regime change.
Nevertheless, Trump’s decision to pull troops and warplanes out of Syria — regardless of his spurious claims — is the right decision.
The anti-government militants have largely been defeated. Withdrawing US forces from Syria can only expedite the eradication by the Syrian army and its allies of remnant terrorist holdouts.
Critics of Trump say there are up to 30,000 terrorist fighters scattered over Syria.
These domestic critics, as well as European allies, have castigated Trump for walking away from the mission to destroy terror groups in Syria, and therefore allegedly putting the security of Western states at risk from future attacks.
That view is ignorant or deluded about the real heroes in Syria — the Syrian army and its Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah allies.
Those forces are more than capable of continuing to finally eliminate the terrorists. The presence of the US and other NATO forces is only an impediment to that task.
The US-backed war for regime change in Syria has been defeated. It took eight years, but the Syrian people have won a historic war.
It is indeed time to get US military out of Syria as well as all NATO forces, which are illegally present in the country.
American, British and French military and their political leaders should be indicted for war crimes due to their covert aggression and violation of Syria’s sovereignty.
Strangely, politicians, pundits and Hollywood celebrities who claim to be “liberal” or “leftwing” — and who therefore might be expected to be anti-war — are queuing up to pillory Trump for his order to withdraw from Syria.
Ironically, these critics are in effect endorsing war, illegal occupation and war crimes.
That curious contradiction tends to prove the superficiality and meaninglessness of Western “liberals”.
The seemingly only principle such people have is being “anti-Trump” no matter what the issue is.
Trump certainly deserves censure and opposition over his racist dog-whistling politics, his fascistic tendencies and his pro-rich oligarchic policies.
But the mainstream US and European “liberals” never seem to oppose Trump on those issues.
They are too concerned with irrelevant nonsense about “Russian collusion” and “Russian interference”.
When the anti-Trump “liberals” can’t see that ending American militarism overseas is the right thing to do, then you know their moral and political compass is defunct.
Unlike Trump’s broken clock which gets the time right twice a day, the anti-Trump brigade are too blind to see any viable direction at all.
Finian Cunningham has written extensively on international affairs, with articles published in several languages. He is a Master’s graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a scientific editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England, before pursuing a career in newspaper journalism. He is also a musician and songwriter. For nearly 20 years, he worked as an editor and writer in major news media organisations, including The Mirror, Irish Times and Independent.
*Daesh, also known as ISIS, ISIL, IS — a terrorist group banned in numerous countries, including Russia
This article was originally published by “Sputnik“
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