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  1. #1 The Media’s Shameless Flip-Flop on Syria 
    Senior Member Banacek's Avatar
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    Other than this being round 13,488 of Twitter’s Blue-Checkmarked Mafia’s reactionary (and manufactured) outrage against President Trump, another reason the establishment media have lost credibility with the public is best explained by the New York Times’ epic flip-flop when it comes to American troops in Syria.

    This is not a gotcha. This is not two different columnists. Both of these excerpts, published this year, come from the oh-so prestigious New York Times editorial board.

    January 19, 2018:

    As a candidate, Donald Trump warned against foreign wars, not least in Syria. A year into his presidency, he is adding Syria to a list of open-ended conflicts that already includes Afghanistan and Iraq.

    As of last month, there were about 2,000 American troops in Syria — up from 500 a year ago — a mix of engineering units and Special Operations units that fight and train with local militias in the battle against the Islamic State. Now that we know they will be there indefinitely, who can say the number won’t go higher and the mission won’t creep more?

    Syria is a complex problem. But this plan seems poorly conceived, too dependent on military action and fueled by wishful thinking.

    But the goals in Syria are so sweeping they may be unattainable, thus leaving American troops there in perpetuity.

    December 19, 2018:

    On Wednesday, Mr. Trump summarily overruled Mr. Bolton and the rest of his national security team. He ordered the withdrawal of all 2,000 American ground troops from Syria within 30 days.

    That abrupt and dangerous decision, detached from any broader strategic context or any public rationale, sowed new uncertainty about America’s commitment to the Middle East, its willingness to be a global leader and Mr. Trump’s role as commander in chief.

    An American withdrawal would also be a gift to Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader, who has been working hard to supplant American influence in the region and who, on Thursday, enthusiastically welcomed the decision, saying, “Donald’s right.” Another beneficiary is Iran, which has also expanded its regional footprint. It would certainly make it harder for the Trump administration to implement its policy of ratcheting up what it calls “maximum pressure” on Iran

    And now that Trump appears to agree with that assessment, this very same editorial board is siding with John Bolton(!!!) and accusing Trump of being a Russian stooge.
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    Senior Member old dog's Avatar
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    For fun, I checked out Code Pink's website. Complete radio silence on this issue. They don't know if they should $#!+ or go blind.

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    Senior Member cadillac shark's Avatar
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    The subject's too complicated for the media so I imagine the story will stay in the basket. We haven't left. We just announced we were leaving.
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