UPDATE on Trump’s Syria Mess

UPDATE on Trump’s Syria Mess


>>Turkey seized control of a key highway
near the border of northeast Syria. Meaning, US troops in the area may have to
rely on airlifts to get out. Stateside President Trump’s abrupt shift in
policy has triggered a growing bipartisan backlash.>>So Turkey’s latest move in northern Syria
has complicated the situation for US troops who are attempting to leave. And this is of course following Donald Trump’s
abrupt decision to abandon our Kurdish allies in the region and allow for Turkey to move
forward with its military operation. Now, there’s other news, including the involvement
of Russia. But before we get to that, let me give you
the details on what’s going on in terms of Turkey’s latest actions. Trump declared that Turkey’s offensive undermines
the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq in Syria, Or ISIS, endangers civilians,
and further threatens to undermine the peace, security, and stability in the region. Now part of the reason why US troops were
in that region to begin with was to prevent all of these things from happening. Now that US troops are leaving, there are
ISIS prisoners who are escaping the very prisons that our former Kurdish allies were keeping
an eye on. Obviously, their priority now is to save themselves,
and to save their own lives, as a result of this Turkish aggression. But the order that Donald Trump signed is
in regards to sanctions. It’s $100 billion trade deal hammered out
between Ankara and Washington, raises tariffs on Turkish steel to 50% and imposes sanctions
on senior Turkish officials and the country’s defense and energy ministries. So with that said, and before we move on to
what Russia is doing, I wanted to kind of open this up to the panel and get your thoughts
on it.>>I mean, it’s a predictable consequence
of Trump’s decision to pull out of northern Syria. Turkey would not be doing any of this without
the sort of tacit acquiescence of the United States. I think Erdoğan himself was probably surprised
that Trump agreed to do this move in the first place. It’s one of those things that Trump himself
is such an easy person to read in this sense because he’s very obvious like he just says
the thing openly, the thing that past US leaders would couch in sort of humanitarian terms
and sort of slippery foreign policy speak. He just kind of, I’ll right size it, but this
has been sort of a ongoing move the United States has done several times in the past. I mean, the Kurds are sort of a very easy
pawn for the United States, to sort of use in various different geopolitical chess matches. And the sort of playbook has always been the
same exact thing. So this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise
but it’s no less depressing and horrifying.>>So, can you elaborate a little bit on what
you mean by that? Because I agree with you that Trump isn’t
subtle as previous presidents have been. He says the quiet parts out loud. But what do you mean when you say that, similar
things have happened in the past?>>Well, I mean, there’s so many examples,
it’s almost impossible to go through them all right now. But I mean, whether it was in the early 90s,
or in the 1980s, or in World War II, World War I. The Kurds are kind of this perfect pawn for
United States interest because they’re a sort of stateless people that exists across various
states where the United States has geopolitical interests. Some of them are our friends, some of them
are our enemies. And whatever point in time, our enemies need
to be dealt with, we’ll arm and support the Kurds. But then when our friends who also have to
deal with Kurdish minorities in their own countries, whenever they get a little worried
about these uppity Kurds then we’ll abandon them. And, that just kind of that same dynamic has
happened over and over and over again.>>Yeah, and in this case, you have Turkey
and NATO ally wanting to invade northern Syria. And then Donald Trump decides to abandon our
Kurdish allies to make way for Turkey. Now, he has received so much backlash, this
bipartisan backlash that he’s trying to make it appear as though he didn’t intend for it
to work out this way. That he didn’t give a green light to this
Turkish aggression, but he knew what was going on. I mean, in one of the original statements
released by the White House, they specifically said, Trump told Erdoğan, if you’re gonna
do like a mild military operation, we’re gonna keep our troops there. But if you’re gonna do an aggressive military
operation, we’re gonna pull our troops out. Yeah, that’s letting Erdoğan know, if you
wanna go, if you wanna play, we’ll play along with you and pull our troops out.>>Mm-hm.>>I mean, anyway, Adrienne.>>Well, this is very much on par for Donald
Trump essentially having him withdraw the troops from northern Syria. It really just undoes all the progress that’s
been done. And that’s essentially what he’s done here
in the United States. This is his MO, this is what he does. He rolls things back, so that anything that’s
been good, progressive, moving in the direction of stability is now unfolded, and we see how
it plays out. And then pretending like, oops, I didn’t know
it was gonna happen. It’s just how this man operates.>>He doesn’t really strike me as someone
who really has a plan or a strategy. It just really depends on the last person
who spoke to him. And this is true of all of his policy, right? And so he has this conversation with Erdoğan
and abruptly he decides, I’m gonna go ahead and abandon our Kurdish allies after they
helped us fight ISIS. And keep in mind, those ISIS fighters were
being watched by these Kurdish allies, now former Kurdish allies. And so, again, they’re escaping some of these
prisons which poses a danger, like what was the point of trying to fight ISIS? You’re gonna have Donald Trump just undo,
you’re right, undo all of the progress that was made there. Now, let’s talk a little bit more about these
sanctions because some of our other allies have gotten involved. So, NPR reports that US NATO allies have halted
weapons exports to Turkey that includes France and Germany. And with the US withdrawing from the border
area, Russia says its military is now acting as a buffer between Turkish and Syrian troops. Also the Kurds have, Spoken, they’ve spoken
to Assad, Bashar Al Assad, he has agreed to offer some sort of protection. So we’ll see how that plays out. But, Syria, the civil war that was happening
in Syria was very much a proxy war. And with all of these updates, it’s very clear
that proxy war continues. There are all these other world interests
that are getting involved, you have Turkey involved, obviously. You have Russia, you have Iran, it’s not a
good situation at all, and it didn’t have to go down this way. Trump just decided randomly after having a
conversation to do this.>>Although I really do wonder kind of what’s
in it for him because he doesn’t do anything without having a motivation. So, I don’t know what that conversation necessarily
entailed or what conversations he’s having with Putin, or what other foreign leaders
to essentially set himself up. So, maybe there will be a Trump hotel on a
new island somewhere.>>Yeah, I wouldn’t be surprised. You’re right. I mean, everything that he does is based on
self-interest. And also whether or not the person he’s speaking
to is complimentary toward him. So, a few more pieces of info that you should
be aware of how disastrous has this been for civilians in the area. Nearly 70,000 children have been displaced
since hostilities escalated last week, and that’s according to estimates by UNICEF adding
that 170,000 children may need humanitarian aid as a result of violence in the border
region. But here’s the issue. Some of the organizations that have been offering
humanitarian aid in the area have left because they’re worried about their own lives, given
this Turkish aggression. Also Kurds have announced that deal with the
Russian and Iranian-backed government of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad to back them against
the Turkish onslaught. And finally, I wanna read this quote from
Donald Trump. This is a tweet that he posted. Let Syria and Assad protect the Kurds and
fight Turkey for their own land. Anyone who wants to assist Syria in protecting
the Kurds is good with me,whether it is Russia, China, or Napoleon. I hope they all do great, we are 7,000 miles
away. But here’s the thing. This is not an example of us doing an interventionist
war. This was us working with the Kurds to defeat
ISIS. And what Donald Trump did is basically thrown
them aside as soon as he got what he wanted.>>Yeah, and it mean if there’s a breeding
in that war against ISIS, the Kurds are the ones who bore the brunt of it. I mean, I think they lost something like 11,000
fighters in the fight against ISIS. Obviously, way less than the United States
suffered. And they were really the troops that were
at the front lines fighting ISIS day in and day out, while at the same time doing a sort
of very inspiring experiment in radical democracy, radical gender equality in the region. They had women were some of their top commanders
in the militaries, also in the local governments. And they sort of radically democratic governments
that they established in the middle of this incredibly brutal and incredibly complex civil
war, war against ISIS, Assad, the Turks, everything. Despite that they were able to sort of build
this kind of new type of society. And you wonder if that is gonna survive now
that they’re forced to sort of throw themselves in the arms of Assad. It’s just doubly heinous what the United States
did. And it’s one of the more depressing news developments
that’s happened all here.>>Yeah, absolutely. So anytime you hear someone on the right but
specifically members of Trump’s administration claim that they’re concerned about radical
Islamic terrorism, or they’re worried about ISIS,->>Yeah.>>It’s just so disingenuous.>>They don’t really care about that.>>Right.>>Radical Islamic terrorism is a net positive
for the American right. Like it really they don’t actually care about
stopping it, they love to fight it forever.>>They look decided as, in their minds, a
reason why they’re better on national security and routing out extremism compared to Democrats. But in reality, just based on Trump’s action
alone, it’s clear that they’re disingenuous, it’s clear that they use this and exploit
it for their own political gain here in the United States. They don’t genuinely worry or care about these
insurgent groups or terrorism abroad period.>>And something else that really kind of
just resonates with me as we saw those numbers of children’s, the hundreds of thousands of
kids that are displaced or in need. Essentially those kids are gonna grow up,
knowing that they were victimized, violated, essentially left and abandoned because of
what the United States did. And so essentially, it’s just creating more
enemies. And that’s something that Trump has continued
to do, turn our allies into enemies and create new enemies for the United States that could
come back against us decades later

100 thoughts on “UPDATE on Trump’s Syria Mess

  1. So wtf is the meaning of all this fussing fighting I might have been here before I'm a lil old school i can school you cuz Chuck an Charles here vote

  2. Well Rand Paul said the Turks called Trump and said we are coming to attack the kurds as a warning since there were US troops in the area there were two choices do what trump did or send more troops and have a confrontation with your NATO ally Turkey which has the 2nd largest standing army in NATO and it was the US that helped the Kurds not the other way round plus the ISIS fighters are a European problem

  3. I think the world bank should start confiscating Turkish oligarchs assets, and use those money for humanitarian aid in Syria.

  4. The truth is, pulling our military out will ALWAYS lead to this….BUT IT HAS TO BE DONE ! WE CAN NOT STAY THERE FOREVER..

  5. Ironic that your name is base on a ethnicity that has always had problems with other ethnicities in the middle east. Not that I care, will to power is all that matters. I just find it hilarious that the "progressives" can't admit that non-whites have their own agenda to.

  6. These people in the comments cannot be that dense….

    Just ignore the trolls they just assert whatever they want to believe

  7. Anyone who was paying attention knew this would happen. There are only two ways to understand this. Either Trump wasn't paying attention and is a fool, or Trump is okay with abandoning the Kurdish people and letting Turkey have their way with them.

    There is no 3rd option. He is either an idiot and didn't know or he did know and is okay with this.

  8. TYT 2016: Trump is a war-monger who will drag America into pointless wars that get American military personnel killed and cost the tax-payer $billions.

    TYT 2019: How dare Trump follow his 2016 election pledge and pull the American military out of a region rife with conflict with no resolution in sight!

    When did TYT become pro-war?

  9. Trumps Syrias mess??? I swear man i could of sworn that place has been burning since like 2012… Sometimes TYT comes off as just a radical shit rag.

  10. Trump causing this explosion in the world has taken the big eye off of his impeachment investigation. He's frigging evil when he thinks. He did this on puupose.

  11. I like Ana but i don''t know wheter her hatred against Turkey or lack of information causes her temper. There are 4 MILLION Syrian refrugee in Turkey…

  12. If I were the Kurds I would let every isis fighter out and point them toward turkey. This is a complicated mess but the U.S. is there because of the oil reserves of northern syria and pipelines. Trump is an idiot but even broken idiots can be right twice a day.

  13. Trump has many dealing in Turkey! A profitable newer Trump Towers, and several other businesses, he's out millions and millions each year if Turkey turns on him! Money in his pocket no matter how many deaths and massive sufferings happens for his personal evil enrichments! And you KNOW the Saudis are lining his pockets big time! He says himself that they pay VERY WELL for what they want! THE MOST CORRUPT PRESIDENT EVER!

  14. Trump leaves troops he is a warmonger but if he pull troops out of a war torn area for decades he is a bad orange man….tyt is trash.

  15. Orange fuhrer is threatening to destroy Turkey's economy, yet again. Faced with these threats, Erdogan rolls his eyes and pushes forward with his plans.

  16. what is donald getting out of this? is there even a way to look at what presidents get at the backend when they leave office? it is much cheaper to buy a president.

  17. Trump doesn’t have a plan, he acts impulsively and makes poor guesses. If, by some miracle, it works out he takes credit, if it fails he just denies all knowledge and walks away…in short, he’s an idiot and has no idea what he’s doing.

  18. I just hate how you guys keep ignoring that YPG is a terrorist organisation that is allied with the PKK ( internationally accepted as a terrorist organisation). You guys dont call the YPG or PKK you just say PKK to give people misinformation, and the Armenian question is helping you guys with this; they allegedly did it 100 years ago so why wont they do it now.

  19. We shouldn't be over in Syria to begin with. It's at the other end of the world, and not our war. President Trump is keeping his promise in bringing our American soldiers home. If they want to keep fighting over their for centuries, that's their business. If the far left radical warmongers are so concerned about it, then why don't they go over there and get in the fight.

  20. TYT hosts (you know who you are) and to Libs who go to bat for them! What is more important to you in the immediate term: a) the Kurds in northern Syria OR b) climate change? Both will equally take years to solve and needs our attention as soon as possible. Remember?

    If I pick A, that means climate change is not really that important and doesn't require our immediate attention after all.

    If I pick B, that means the Kurds are not that important as saving the planet.

    Go ahead and answer the FNG question! This is NOT a "we'll, why can't we do both" question. Put your values where your mouth is! What a matter, cat gut your tongue? Yeah, exactly! A or B? B OR A? Which one? OMG, WHICH ONE? So much to think about so little thyme. Tick, tock.

  21. READ THE FULL POST
    Pentagon has repeatedly confirmed that YPG and PKK is the one and same Marxist terrorist organization as stated by US & EU.
    How can you defend arming a terrorist organization and making them an ally? US told them to change name to SDF just to make it sound better. Also all Kurds are not in the YPG and Turkey is not operating against all Kurds. There is 20M Kurds living in Turkey without any trouble whatsoever(maybe not 30 years ago but now). Hell, even the former Turkish president was Kurdish.
    The ISIS terrorists was released by YPG in order to keep the US in the region.
    TYT should know better in terms of the terminology and facts! Turkey is not fighting against Kurds they are fighting against terrorists.
    How would US react if Turkey or any other NATO ally would send 60 000 truckloads with arms and train American right wing domestic terrorists only to find out that the same arms had been used in mall mass shootings, bomb attacks and hits against progressives?
    Weapons used by PKK in Turkey during terrorist attacks against civilians have been serial# traced back to arms supplied to YPG by US in Syria.
    I am not a fan of Erdogan, Trump or any dictatorial, sociopath, lying corrupt imperialistic leadership but let’s get the facts and ethical concerns in order.
    To make it simple to understand:
    A terrorist does not become a good guy just because he happen to shoot at your enemy of the day.
    A guy that kills a guy that hustled you at pool in the bar is a murderer even he helped you get your money back.

  22. For couple of years I used to watch every single TyT released video, but they seemed to be getting more and more nutty day by day. After couple years of brake from TyT came back to see how they're doing and this channel is in a full on psychosis. Now it's all "Trumptrumptrumptrumptrumptrumptrumptrump" and how every single negative thing is somehow his fault as if someone else could've made only perfect choices and like an omnipotent god stop every single bad thing happening in the world. TyT. take a f***ing break, don't follow any news in a year or so and maybe you'll return into your senses.

  23. Actually, it's Obama's Syrian Mess. Obama is the guy that started it and couldn't finish it, and now TRUMP is cleaning up his mess.

  24. Oh, look what I found! Another video on YT leading up to this moment since no one cared up until now: "Over 80 ISIL targets struck in 'Operation Euphrates Shield'". You know, at first I was starting to blame the Turks for being unprofessional coming in gun's blazing, but this video proves that's not the case. Nothing but professionalism. They waited. No one came to help. Its go time.

  25. This looks and sound like propaganda. Not once did they mention the death toll from U.S. overthrows in the middle east and instead blame all deaths on others.

  26. So inst the withdraw from Syria EXACTLY what the progressives asked for? The following is a direct quote from the letter singed by Ohmar and AOC sent to the White House in April of this year. Why are you complaining when Trump did exactly what you asked for in exactly the timeline you asked for?

    "We write in bipartisan support of your announcement of the start of a ‘deliberate withdrawal’ of U.S. military forces in Syria, and we welcome the completion of this process within the next six months,”

  27. Lemme tell you, the notion that the Kurds would just let ISIS prisoners go free is ridiculous. Eventually, as the situation turns dire, there will be mass executions of prisoners. Not just former ISIS fighters, but also their families, including children….seriously Trump, wtf??

  28. pro war tyt is equal to youtube MSNBC
    tyt are fake progressives
    millionaires protecting the petro-dollar

  29. "… Trump’s unilateral decision to withdraw military support to an American ally in its fight against ISIS." — T-LIE-T
    Unilateral?.. You mean Trump didn't consult with Israel first?.. The fight against ISIS?.. So explain how so many thousands of sadistic ISIS war criminals are still alive to be unleashed again?.. There was never a real war against ISIS by the U.S. and its allies, otherwise those ISIS fighters would all be dead. They would have been killed in battle or executed for war crimes.

  30. “Trumps Syria Mess” is Obama responsible for the best Economy America Has ever had?
    The trade deals Alone make America Great for years! How do you fix what Is NOT broke!
    Hahahahaha America Wins!
    No longer will Americans Die for endless wars!
    Let them Kill each other.

  31. America will not be the world Police Anymore!
    Sorry War Hungry Socialist-Democrat’s
    Republicans won’t fight your Wars

  32. So to his supporters, where do you think that refugees will end up? Because he's reactionary , he just lost his ability to say he cares about immigration…

  33. US gets involved in Syria…
    TYT: We're boming Muslims countries!
    US pulls out of Syria..
    TYT: oh! we are abandoning our Kurdish allies!

  34. USA losing allies and its power by making stupid rushed decisions. Looks like climat change will not be or bigest problem. 😀

  35. "Undermine the campaign to defeat the Islamic of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, endangers civilians and further threatens to undermine the peace, security and stability in the region" ???…… And just what did you think was going happen Trump ???

  36. I hate Trump to death but I think he made the right decision here. There was no way for the US to disengage an no cost. Every decision that is made on the battle field has some kind of cost attached to it. You could argue there were more incentives for the US to stay in Syria than to leave. This was actually a ballsy decision he made. Shocking that I said General bone spurs had balls for once.

  37. Lol seen the US base seized by our troops ))) They are real losers ))) they run away like cowards and left some gay slur and racial writings in Russian )))) ahha ha. Raqqa fell in one day with no shot fired.

  38. I know we have to leave but there is a responsible way to do that and it involves communication especially with our allies….the ones in our congress too! Yes comrade goodt job, we make you commissar back in Russia….

  39. The US presence in Syria is illegal and your troops always bring chaos. The idea that you can protect anybody (including the Kurds) is laughable.

  40. Obama sent troops into syria and turkey invaded syria…but its trump’s fault????? Lol tyt is the worst!! Over 4 million subs and they average slightly over 50,000 views per video. Some videos post LESS then 10k views. Lolol 90 percent of tyt subs are inactive hahahaha you damn losers no wonder you keep downsizing.

  41. The level of discourse on TYT has no discernible difference from MSM! After Nando Vila breaks down the Historical references to the abandonment of "The Kurds" the others continue to single out Trump as though he's some sort of outlier in this area! Additionally they are Oblivious to the fact the Russians and Iranians who are the enemies of ISIS) were doing most of the real fighting against them! Short memories?

  42. White people need to realize the only real progressive move would be to protect the Kurds forever because of slavery and Trump

  43. What if this whole thing has been Russia's plan? had a deal with Turkey to ask the U.S to leave the area and then "invade" northern Syria, creating a power vacuum where Russia can step in and take the U.S place furthermore establishing Russia dominance in the Middle East. Growing anti-imperialist sentiment due to U.S endless intervention war, lying, and backing out of the Iran deal..it all position Russia to be in power…gaining power in Syria would enable Russia to make a deal with Iran…

  44. Turkey attacks… which is Trumps fault… sure, sure.
    If no country can take care of itself, it has no right to be sovereign.

  45. The reason Turks are in Syria is because of YPG; armed Kurds, an extension of PKK, who started call themselves SDF – Americans told them to change their name, an armed organization that is in terrorist list of US, EU, and the rest of the world. While 'fighting ISIS' with US, they also created a nation for themselves at the border of Syria and Turkey. What Turks are saying is you can't have that at my border, a hostile group at the border. Please move back 20 miles inside Syria, that would act as a Safe Zone and resettle almost 4 Million Syrian refugees to this area.. YPG/PKK said no, then Turks said then we'll move you 20 miles. And that's what is happening now. Don't forget Turks are a NATO member and ally of the US (remember Korea war, where Turks saved retrieving US forces?). If YPG/PKK moved back 20 miles, there would be no fighting. Period.

  46. You Dumb Jerks would be screaming and losing your shit no matter what Trump decided on this decision. This is the best thing for Americans, and preventing the loss of soldiers. You Leftists are always crying about not invading, not going to war, no boots on the ground. Well now you are presented with it and you still freak out. The left is a joke, and this is another example of it

  47. the young turks is quite the funny name for your channel maybe create another one called janissaries in which you kidnap people and force them to fight for you because why not you can redeem the name the young turks with a show aswell it seems

  48. Hey, Jenk, what do you have to say about your country's (Turkey's) genocidal invasion of northern Syria? Nothing? Oh, I thought so.

  49. He’s constantly telling his followers he’s going to bring soldiers home and end wars. The Kurds were using a handful of soldiers so he figured why not bring them home so I can say I did. His logic is so simple it’s never anything complex so that would be my guess.

  50. 45 has a lot of business dealings with Turkey, you know it had something to do with advantages he would receive nothing else.

  51. Kurds lost 12k soldiers we lost 12 and countless civilians were killed or displaced. Not to mention the jails holding ISIS.

  52. Soon other countries are not going to care how good of a military America has because what good does all that might do if you're abandoned by the powerful military as soon as it gets what it wants. Wow he has created some vicious haters towards America now

  53. Trump knew exactly what he was doing. He knew that his decision would cause an outcry in the US, and did it on purpose, as a way of somehow distract the public opinion from his impeachment inquiry. More "wag the dog" to come, just pay attention.

  54. BANG , You said IT !!
    TERRORIST IN CHIEF !!
    JUST GAVE THE
    "G R E E N L I G H T" 4 WHOLESALE SLAUGHTER OF AN ALLY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    EVERYBODY IS GONNA KICK ALL YOUR BASES OFF "T H E I R" SOIL & WATER !!!
    p.s- putinASS is LaughingHisFAO !!
    THINK ASSHOLE'S THINK !!

  55. GET OUT OF SYRIA YOU WAR MONGERS. The Kurds and Syria and Iran and Saudi, and everyone in the middle east have been fighting among each other for centuries. Screw these people. Leave the area or send your own sons and daughters.

  56. Could the Kurds respective people received the 4 million refugees people from turkey? And united with Syirian government, and every body happy and living peacefully

  57. Turkey has wanted to do this for more than a year so Erdogan has finally told trump get you troops out, where coming in whether you have them there or not

  58. America did the same thing to their Vietnamese allies in the 70's then they did it to the Taliban when the Taliban fought the Russians for them in the 80's (the birth of the 911 attack),  It's not a new thing that America does, to abandon their allies and/or leave them to die.

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