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We prefer peace to war,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells CNBC’s Wilfred Frost. “But in the event that kinetic action or military action is needed, you should know that President Trump is fully prepared to undertake that action.”
Pompeo declines to lay out a red line for what action would prompt a U.S. military response.
Trump is under heavy criticism for his decision to withdraw American forces from northern Syria, abandoning the Kurds, who led the ground war against ISIS.
geoduck no quahog
He needs to further explain Article 5 and how that would pertain to this (other than fulfilling Russia’s stated goals):
The Parties agree that an armed attack against one…shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that…each of them…will assist the Party…so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force…
…Article 6 1
For the purpose of Article 5, an armed attack on one or more of the Parties is deemed to include an armed attack:
…on the territory of Turkey…; on the forces, vessels, or aircraft of any of the Parties, when in or over these territories …
So, would France need to come to the assistance of Turkey if they were attacked by Pompeo?
We are governed by idiots.
So we cut and ran from northern Syria to get us out of “endless wars”… and in the aftermath we’re threatening military action. Makes sense.
The people on the ground are clearly thrilled.
I really wasn’t expecting to see middle easterners angered by American withdrawal any time soon.
I mean, how in the fuck did we get here?