US Going Into Middle East Was ‘Worst Decision Ever

Elias Hubbard
October 10, 2019

US President Donald Trump today posts a furious tweet, criticising the nation's presence in the Middle East as "the worst decision ever made in the history of our country".

In a new anti-war rant, President Donald Trump called the decades-long USA military involvement in the Middle East "the worst decision ever made", claiming the country has spent $8 trillion on the wars under false premises.

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"I held off this fight for nearly three years, but it is time to get out of these ridiculous endless wars...and bring our soldiers home", the president emphasized.

Trump's written statement was issued hours after Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, launched an offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria, who have helped the US against the Islamic State but are viewed by Turkey as terrorists.

As Turkey launched its attack on Kurdish militia positions on Wednesday, Trump aligned himself with anti-war voices in the Republican Party like Senator Rand Paul.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC told "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday that such a move would be Trump's "biggest mistake" as president.

"We went to war under a false & now disproven premise, weapons of mass destruction".

"Now we are slowly & carefully bringing our great soldiers & military home".

Graham said Congress "will push back" against Turkey.

In 2003, Americans were told by President Bush and his administration that the U.S. was going to war with Iraq because of the imminent threat of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and ties to terrorism.

The United States is estimated to have between 60,000 and 80,000 troops across the area covered by US Central Command, which includes Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

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As a further sign that the military does not share Trump's view that the fight against the extremists is over, a press release Wednesday by the US-led military coalition combating IS highlighted recent battlefield gains.

US involvement in the Middle East has cost the country $8 trillion so far, along with many thousands of lives. Some of the spending also reflects his policy decisions he made since taking office almost three years ago. "Congress must and will act to limit the catastrophic impact of this decision", she said. He had said earlier this week that he was working on a bipartisan bill to sanction Turkey if they invade Syria, but he did not mention the proposal during Wednesday's interview.

Trump announced Tuesday that he and Erdogan will meet at the White House on November 13.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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