Top envoy in ISIS fight resigns, knows ISIS isn't defeated

I knew Donald Trump was incompetent the moment I saw his face. If you’re going to spray-tan, whhhyyyy are you leaving two big white circles around your eyes so you look like part of a brand-new Deep Space Nine Star Trek race that’s being introduced because they didn’t have the budget this time to design a new forehead wrinkle?

So that was thing one. Then I found out he puts ketchup on his steak. And while I don’t eat steak, if I did, I’d know enough not to order it well done with ketchup.

And then there was the whole bit about becoming president and doing every last fucking thing wrong.

Well, pulling out of Syria to the delight of Vladimir Putin is yet another bright-scarlet flag.

The excuse — that ISIS is now totally defeated — is one that almost no one believes outside of Trump’s cult-of-personality-disorder.

First, Secretary of Defense James Mattis sent up a flare, and now it’s presidential envoy Brett McGurk’s turn.



McGurk is the special envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, and he’s not happy about Trump’s latest brain fart. He’s quitting. He’d planned to quit in February, but he’s quitting now. Because of the troop withdrawal.

From CBS News:

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.

Here’s an idea. Let’s give each of our Kurdish allies a worthless diploma from Trump University and be done with them. That seems to have worked in the past.

And, needless to say, McGurk doesn’t think ISIS is defeated — because he’s an expert on this, and he has eyes … and they send signals to his brain.

“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.”

This whole thing is looking more and more like a sop to Putin, and we need more ex-Trump aides to point out the recklessness and incompetence of this pr*sident. Don’t just write pissy letters on your way out the door. Scream it from the rooftops, folks.

This is a mayday. And it’s only going to get worse.

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