Listen: Syria, United States And President discussed on PM Tampa Bay with Ryan Gorman
"Islamic state. It's news to probably a lot of people in Syria because there's still a, you know, a presence of Islamic state there, but not the caliphate at once was, but they still have a presence as the slink back from the big cities and becoming a. Entrenched insurgency there's still causing trouble there. I know for a fact I've talked to folks at the folks at Centcom don't concur with the estimate that the defeated. Now, the president's walked that back a little saying that mostly defeated over the weekend Bolton talked on on the TV Sunday shows about how there all these conditions one being that, you know, that Islamic state's defeat and the other one is at the Turks won't massacre, the Kurds, and that's a big geopolitical issue in that region kinda it's huge the the allies that we had in the fight against Islamic state with his Syrian democratic forces made a ba- largely of the. Syrian Kurds, the the why PG which the Turks consider terrorists. They have only an interesting, wiping them out. So I when I talked to the Kurds a of been our ally going all the way back to you know. Way back here from the first Gulf war. Right. They've been a big ally of ours. In iraq. And now in in Syria. Getting remember the this the Syrian Kurds are neither same as Iraqi downs. They don't always agree. But by and large the Kurds have been good friends when I talked to some former military leaders here. Former chief-of-staff Chan Kam, Mike Jones, he talked about how you know sends a really bad message that the America first policy looks like if you fight with us bleed with us in die Willis will walk away with you walk away and abandon you when suits our domestic political interests. That's no way to to run a railroad. No, no. And I it put the Kurds in a very dangerous situation. So what are the Kurds do? They immediately start looking at their options. Some of which were to talk to the Russians who were talk to Assad rights and the other the other real concern at Taunton. Military leaders about Syria is that we've got this Irani and influence there. And they work a lot with his ball. And unlike say to Talamo, which really doesn't have a global reach or global interest. This is clearly has a global interested clue, you know, don't have much love the United States. They've done stories about their drug dealings with in South America. They're they're in a lot of different places in our part of the world. And that's a that's a big concern to its military leaders is US abandons Syria in the ability to influence things on the ground. Exactly. And that's been one of the difficult parts of the president's Syria policy to put together you've got this. This goal of getting out of there. But also you've got this goal of confronting Iran. And if you pull out of Syria like the president originally wanted to do in tweeted about a couple of weeks ago, then you are seating that territory to Iran having greater influence. Yeah. Of course, the Russians and then also Turkey gets involved there in a bigger way. And that becomes a problem for the Kurds. The Kurds were thinking about releasing a bunch of ISIS prisoners as as a result of this new US policy, so think. It got very heated very complicated very quickly. And they're certainly been a walked back administration. Thought was well, we still have troops in Iraq. And if we need to we can, you know, stage Morocco back into Shiro, guess what? The the Kurds may not be so happy to see us again. So that's something to consider. I talked a lot of people work with the Kurds for a long time. And they're quite unhappy about this. We're talking to Tampa Bay times military reporter Howard Altman the Madison resignation was a really big deal. He was certainly a a stabilizing force within this administration and someone the rest of the world greatly respected. What have you heard from those both inside and out of the military about his departure? I think there's a lot of unease."