By Ken Abramowitz, founder and president, SaveTheWest.com
President Trump’s abrupt decision to leave Syria is disconcerting, but six silver linings are emerging:
(1) The U.S. decision to seek Turkish help in fighting ISIS in Syria scared the Syrian government and Syrian Kurds to reach an accommodation in northeast Syria, to keep Turkey out.
(2) The decision jarred Israel into realizing that it is virtually alone in resisting Iran’s takeover of Syria.
(3) Iran is now beginning to realize that Syria will become a killing field for the Israeli Air Force, which will be able to strike all targets that are identified as threats to its security, virtually at will. This is especially true now that the IAF has a fleet of fully-operational F-35 stealth fighter-bombers.
(4) Any ISIS resurgence will be met by a vicious response by Syria, the Kurds, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, and Russia.
(5) America’s Middle East peace initiative, involving dysfunctional Israeli concessions, is now still-born, as no Middle East leader trusts the US.
(6) With Israeli stature rising tremendously among Arab nations, who are now rightfully fearful of Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states have a huge interest in strengthening their private and, soon, public relations.
So what are the implications for U.S. national security?
We better hope that the below-the-radar Sunni Muslim/Israeli “NATO” coalesces into a fearsome fighting unit that can intimidate and ultimately stop Iran’s quest to take over the Middle East, as a base to take over Europe, Africa, Latin America, and then the U.S., as they have promised to do.
If this coalition does not contain Iran, then military muscle must be used to blow up Iran’s nuclear sites, probably within two years. This will be the task of the U.S. or Israel.
Unfortunately, the American withdrawal from Syria sends the wrong message to Iran, and therefore, increases the chance that the U.S. will be forced into a fighting war in Iran itself.
Just remember, “endless wars” end when enemies surrender, not when the good guys surrender.