Swamp Drains Itself: US Envoy Brett McGurk Resigns 2 Months Early Due to Trump Leaving Syria

Chris Menahan
Dec. 22, 2018

US envoy Brett McGurk moved his scheduled resignation up two months in protest of President Trump shifting America away from endless war.

From CBS News:
Brett McGurk, special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, had been planning to exit his post in February 2019. But sources tell CBS News that he informed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that he will accelerate his departure due to a strong disagreement with President Trump's snap decision to withdraw 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria, effectively abandoning U.S. allies in the region.

McGurk submitted his resignation on Friday, just one day after Defense Secretary James Mattis quit his post citing fundamental disagreements with the commander-in-chief -- including one over the importance of honoring U.S. alliances.
The special envoy was publicly left in the lurch by the president's sudden declaration on Wednesday that he was pulling U.S. forces out of Syria, against the advice of his top national security advisers and without consulting U.S. allies.

As leader of the counter ISIS mission, McGurk had been in the region to meet with coalition partners including Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani last week when Mr. Trump made his sudden decision to pull U.S. support. According to Barzani's office, he had raised concern about the fate of Kurds in Syria including the Kurdish-led group of fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). They have been the ground troops in the fight against ISIS and receive help from U.S. advisers, weapons and air strikes.

It is now unclear what will happen to those fighters after the U.S. troops withdraw, and whether the U.S. will continue to carry out air strikes in support of them.
Those "Kurdish allies" are saying they're going to release 3,200 ISIS fighters in retaliation for Trump pulling out of Syria:

This is who we're being told our soldiers need to fight and die for.
Just days earlier, McGurk had stood at the State Department podium to guarantee an ongoing U.S. commitment to the fight. He told reporters that ISIS inhabited just one percent of the territory they once held thanks to the success of the U.S.-led campaign but still maintained a dangerous level of influence.

"I think it's fair to say Americans will remain on the ground after the physical defeat of the caliphate, until we have the pieces in place to ensure that that defeat is enduring."

McGurk went on to say, "it would be reckless if we were just to say, well, the physical caliphate is defeated, so we can just leave now. I think anyone who's looked at a conflict like this would agree with that."
The Russians and Syrians are the ones who defeated ISIS and their rebel terrorist allies while the US and Israel were propping them up, giving them both arms and medical treatment.

Seeing as McGurk has been in the swamp since the Bush administration and ISIS exploded under his watch, odds are his actual anger is that "our" proxy army to fight the Iranians and the Russians has been defeated.


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