The Method Behind Trump’s “Madness”.

In One Photo.

by Thomas Wictor

Sun, December 23, 2018

As the world fills its collective diapers about Trump’s announcement that we are withdrawing the 2000 US ground troops from Syria and 7000 ground troops from Afghanistan, we can easily determine what’s happening. The evidence is right there before our eyes.

First, one video.

The soldiers in “boonie” hats are Gulf Arabs, almost certainly Saudis and/or Emiratis.

Initially—in 2015—they operated masked, wearing Kurdish insignia.

Now, most of them don’t wear masks. They have American-style uniforms with no insignia, and they use American weapons and equipment.

American ground troops in Syria engaged in SOME combat, and they trained SOME Syrians, but the real reason Trump sent soldiers, marines, and air force joint terminal attack controllers (JTACs) was to make our enemies have second thoughts. Our enemies weren’t sure how far we’d go. The Russians discovered on February 7, 2018, that we’d go pretty goddam far. Putin learned a lot from that bloodbath.

Another reason that Trump sent troops was as camouflage for OTHER units. Non-American units. This next video is very significant.

Although most of the vehicles are American, this one is not.

This is a variant of the General Dynamics Land Systems Pandur armored personnel carrier. The US Special Forces version is the Armored Ground Mobility System (AGMS).

The vehicle in the AFP video has a BGM-71 TOW antitank guided missile launcher. The American AGMS isn’t armed with TOW missile launchers. As Americans moved around in Syria, our Arab allies tagged along, hidden in plain sight.

Here’s another AFP video posted a few hours ago.

Again, not American. The rucksacks are modeled on the British Bergen system.

Those are Gulf Arabs.

Finally, we see that the Islamic State fell into a trap.

"The SDF said Saturday it was facing 'a fierce and intense attack' by Isil fighters, who launched a wave of at least 17 suicide bombers at their lines followed by shelling and a barrage of rocket-propelled grenades."
"Kurdish forces held the line and said they killed ‘dozens' of jihadist fighters with support by US airstrikes."

Do you think the Islamic State still has a high morale after having their asses handed to them yet again?

This photo is from the article above. It purports to show a fighter of the Syrian Democratic Forces.

That man is wearing a very elaborate communications system under his mask. You can see mouthpieces and earpieces. It looks to me that the glasses also have devices on the arm, which is why he’s actually wearing TWO masks. He’s hiding some very high-tech gear.

For years, the US has trained the Iraqis, Afghans, and Syrians to stand on their own. We’ve also asked regional allies to step up.

Now that the training is paying off, and other nations are directly involved on the ground, people are hysterical. Why? Were they only paying lip service to their stated ideals?

Yes! They were indeed.

Well, you can have our men and women be sent overseas to fight, or you can have the locals shoulder the burden of putting people on the front line.

Clearly Trump has chosen the second option. As James Mattis said, “I need you to be open to being persuaded by foreign nations, not just to listen to them. Recognize that not all the best ideas in warfare come from the nation with the most aircraft carriers."

We’re seeing the locals solving their own problems, using their own ideas. Instead of being hysterical, people should be grateful.

About the author
Thomas Wictor was born in Caripito, Venezuela, and has lived in Texas, the Netherlands, Norway, Great Britain, Oregon, Japan, and California. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Lewis and Clark College and has worked as a stevedore, library archivist, conversational English teacher, editor of the world's first online newspaper, voiceover actor, delivery driver, process server, field representative for a document-retrieval service, and music journalist.


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