By partnering with the YPG on the ground, the U.S. lends credibility and legitimacy to YPG forces that goes beyond narrow assistance. It also empowers the YPG against other local groups, including those that are not aligned with the PKK. In the end, giving up armed struggle against Turkey becomes less attractive and unnecessary for the PKK and its allied groups.
The Trump administration’s new Iran strategy promises to bring the regime to its knees through sanctions and isolation but lacks a broad international coalition determined to achieve it.
The Middle East as a whole has to live with a reality where the U.S. not only fails to provide leadership but reduces its role to supporting the Israeli cause with a few regional backers. A U.S. policy designed to appease the American evangelicals and the Netanyahu government can only spell further disaster.
If the Trump administration pulls out of the nuclear deal that the Obama government worked on with Iran this would lead to more catastrophe in a region of uncertainty.
Both the Trump and Obama administrations have failed to conduct a coherent policy on Syria in order to solve the current civil war.
“The strikes were precise but they do not deliver a comprehensive Syria policy.”
“The international community has reassured Assad that he may be punished for it but using chemical weapons will not spell the end of his regime. There are no signs it will be different this time around.”
Withdrawing U.S. troops from the Middle East would also mean the continuation of the weakening U.S. leadership in the Middle East trend – but it may just be what Trump would label as “America First.”
Can Manbij become an area of cooperation between the U.S. and Turkey?
President Trump’s dismissal of Rex Tillerson via a Twitter message together with the appointment of Mike Pompeo to head of the State Department has raised many questions about the future course of U.S. foreign policy.