Given the Syria debacle, one cannot rule out a tweet that abruptly announces the end of the war in Afghanistan.
That Donald Trump’s sudden decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria was a complete and unmitigated disaster is an indisputable fact. We know this because the decision has been condemned by both Democrats and Republicans, a rare occurrence in today’s polarized political environment. With the Kurds now making a deal with Bashar al-Assad, the U.S. has basically ceded strategic influence in the region with nothing to show for it in return. Trump’s ill-advised decision has consequences far beyond Syria and its initial ramifications will be witnessed in the Afghan theater, where the U.S. is looking to restart bilateral peace negotiations with the Taliban. Donald Trump’s isolationist streak was on display following his decision to withdraw U.S. forces in Syria. Trump tweeted that “Anyone who wants to assist Syria in protecting the Kurds is good with me, whether it is Russia, China, or Napoleon Bonaparte. I hope they all do great, we are 7,000 miles away!” The last sentence of this tweet is worth underlining, because as the U.S. elections draw near and the impeachment inquiry drags on, Trump may once again go against the advice of his own administration and announce an abrupt end to America’s longest war in history.