[Marxism] US collusion with Turkish invasion

Chris Slee chris_w_slee at hotmail.com
Sat Oct 12 22:56:54 MDT 2019

In today's Age I read that the US is sending 3,000 extra troops to Saudi Arabia.  So much for Trump's alleged desire to terminate America's "endless wars" in the Middle East.

This strengthens my belief that the withdrawal of some US troops in northeast Syria from the Turkish border was aimed at facilitating the Turkish invasion.

It is true that Trump has criticised the invasion (very mildly).  But with Trump we must look at his actions, not his words.

 Chris Slee

From: Chris Slee <chris_w_slee at hotmail.com>
Sent: Friday, 11 October 2019 6:36 AM
To: Activists and scholars in Marxist tradition <marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu>
Subject: US collusion with Turkish invasion

Thinking about the events leading up to the Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria, I believe that the US colluded with Turkey to prepare the ground for the invasion.

In the preceding months, US military officers met separately with Turkey and the SDF, and arranged a deal which included some concessions by the SDF.  For example, regular SDF troops were withdrawn at least 5 kilometers from the border.

I assume that, in return for this weakening of its defensive position, the SDF would have received assurances that the US would take measures to deter a Turkish invasion.  For example, the US could have imposed a no-fly zone over northeastern Syria.

Instead the US suddenly withdrew its ground troops from the area.  At around the same time Trump gave Erdogan the green light to go ahead with the invasion.

This indicates that Trump was not acting as an erratic individual, but was acting in coordination with the US military leadership.

>From the standpoint of US imperialism, restoring good relations with Turkey is a logical course of action.  They are not concerned with the human cost of the invasion.

Chris Slee

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