Turkey's Military Offensive in Syria Follows Trump's Withdrawal Order
by Matthew RJ Brodsky
The Debate / France 24
October 9, 2019
Just three short days after a phone call with President Erdogan that led Donald Trump to order the withdrawal of U.S. forces from northeast Syria, Turkey's military offensive is underway. Turkish fighter jets are reportedly bombing positions across the border and Recep Tayep Erdogan announced the launch of a ground offensive, shrugging off calls for restraint from NATO allies, Iran, Russia, among others. In Washington, Senate Republicans have broken ranks with the U.S. president's Syria decision and warned of sanctions against Turkey.
Matthew RJ Brodsky joins a panel on France 24 "The Debate" hosted by Francois Picard to discuss the ramifications of Trump's decision and why the same Republicans who stood up to the White House over Syria's Kurds are standing by the president when it comes to Ukraine? They also discuss the American political context in which president made his decision.