Trump: U.S. soldiers shouldn’t guard border for Syria, Turkey ‘when we can’t guard our own’

Trump: U.S. soldiers shouldn’t guard border for Syria, Turkey ‘when we can’t guard our own’
Turkish strikes begin on Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria, 9 Oct 2019. CNN video

[Ed. – It’s a fair point.  Long past time to have the discussion about national defense and guarding our own border. Having a Border Patrol and Coast Guard isn’t always enough.  We recognize that very readily with air defense, which is why we have NORAD and 24-hour alert combat interceptors.  We’re laggard in land defense at the border and missile defense – and playing catch-up in terms of maritime defense.]

President Trump sounded a somber note on Saturday as he defended a widely-criticized decision to pull U.S. troops away from a part of Syria where Turkish forces are now attacking Kurdish fighters allied to the U.S., saying it was time to bring American soldiers home. …

Trump said … “Let them have their borders, but I don’t think our soldiers should be there for the next 50 years, guarding a border between Turkey and Syria, when we can’t guard our own borders at home. I don’t think so.” …

Trump invited his audience to imagine how media critics would have responded had he made a different decision and decided to keep U.S. forces in northern Syria to oppose the Turkish invasion.

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“We could have stayed and we could have fought and we would have knocked Turkey around and we” – he gestured towards media representatives – “they would have hated it.”

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