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Bolton Attempts to Clarify U.S.’ Next Step in Syria, Troops Could Stay for a While: Report

Do you support the U.S. withdrawing from Syria?

by Fox News | Updated on 1.7.19

John Bolton, the national security adviser for President Trump, said Sunday that U.S. forces will remain in Syria until key benchmarks are met, which could mean troops could stay in the country for years, a report said.

The New York Times reported that that adviser said that ISIS must be completely defeated and Turkey must promise that it would not target Kurdish troops in the country.

The paper reported that Bolton and other officials in the White House have been working “behind-the-scenes” to slow the president’s order last month to pull all 2,000 troops after declaring victory over ISIS.

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  • Dave
    Voted No
    01/07/2019
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    John Bolton, the national security adviser for President Trump, said Sunday that U.S. forces will remain in Syria. John Bolton has not check with Trump, which mean Trump will need to check with Fox News, Rush Limbaugh’s and Putin!

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  • Robert
    Voted Yes
    01/07/2019
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    End the wars. I oppose Trump vehemently but if he actually pulls US troops out of Syria and Afghanistan I’ll praise his one good accomplishment. He will cave to the war profiteers in our government though.

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  • Sandra
    Voted Maybe
    01/08/2019
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    Maybe...but NOT now and certainly NOT in the way Trump tweeted. I am NOT a fan of Bolton and he's just the most recent member of this "Administration" who has had to 'walk back" some ridiculous and dangerous comment made by his fearless leader....When are these minions going to wake up to the fact that Trump is an incompetent, uncaring, idiot who cares for nothing and no one...he would throw anyone under the bus to save himself, even his own children...the man who prizes loyalty, has none for anyone else.

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  • TrulyTexan
    01/07/2019
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    Do his “advisers” ever get tired of lying for him to try to hide his massive incompetence?

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  • Lionman
    Voted No
    01/07/2019
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    When your military advisor and the representative to the anti-terrorism group resign over removing these troops, that’s a sign you’ve made a significant error in judgement.

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  • Terry
    Voted Yes
    01/07/2019
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    Protect the Kurds

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  • Jerrey
    Voted Maybe
    01/07/2019
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    Finish off ISIS, guarantees for protecting the Kurds, then depart.

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  • J
    Voted No
    01/07/2019
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    I would support a coherent thoughtful plan. These guys can’t do it!

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  • Constance
    Voted Yes
    01/07/2019
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    Bolton is part of the “one world order” Bushy branch of the Republican Party. There are too many of them. They believe the U.S. has an obligation to protect the world from itself with with all our troops and resources spread all over. He believes in Americans first to die and first to pay for s.hole problems. Staying in Syria until we have guarantees is like staying in the hospital until the doctor can promise you will never get sick again

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  • Tinee
    Voted No
    01/07/2019
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    I would love to have our troops come home. That simply isn't the right thing to do. Bringing our troops home would leave our allies unprotected.

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  • Steve
    Voted No
    01/07/2019
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    Bolton does not know what Trump will do. Trump does not know what Trump will do. Total vacuum in the WH.

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  • Christopher
    Voted No
    01/08/2019
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    Not until Peace Talks conclude.

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  • Donna
    Voted No
    01/08/2019
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    Foreign policy by tweet is no way to run this nation. The constant walk backs, clarifications and policy changes emphasize the lack of understanding and caring by djt, putting the nation at serious security risks. Maybe Congress should appropriate $$ for a wall around djt based on a National Emergency!

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  • Poli.Sci
    Voted No
    01/08/2019
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    It has been noted many times that the US must protect the allies in the ground that we have in Syria. Turkey in this situation is not even close to being an ally because of their warmongering hatred towards the Kurds. Turkey is supposed to be a democracy, but they refuse to allow opposition or the Kurds participate in their electoral successes. Since the US supports the SDF in Syria, and the Kurds are a major part of that alliance, we must protect the Kurds. We’ve helped train them and have helped arm them. They are an asset to our foreign policy, something much better than authoritarian Turkey. John Bolton is covering up for Trump’s ridiculous foreign policy incapabilities and honestly, I’m wondering when someone will tell Trump to stop using Twitter as a foreign policy tool.

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  • George
    Voted Yes
    01/07/2019
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    As someone who has spent months in the Middle East, it’s time to pull out. We simply cannot change the ideology of people so deeply rooted in an ultra conservative religion which not so secretly wants the deaths of everyone outside the religion. What did we gain from the Middle East Wars? Oil? I don’t think we even got much of that. What we mainly got out of the Middle East are vets who have been maimed for life by all the IEDs. Let’s pack it up and bring our troops home to protect the USA first and foremost. I honestly could care less about a religion where 90% of them think anyone leaving the religion should be punished by death.

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  • Joel
    Voted No
    01/08/2019
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    Trump and Bolton are giving Syria to Russia and Putin and Erdogan is waiting to kill the Kurds, American's only allies in Syria. Can't wait to see Trump and Bolton's next lie.

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  • A david
    Voted Maybe
    01/08/2019
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    After Iran leaves, and we put plans in place to protect our Kurdish allies.

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  • Mark
    Voted No
    01/08/2019
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    Syrian revolutionists still need protections and training. ISIS may be the least if their worries, NoW, but the Assad regime still posses a threat. We can't assist the revolution and conduct battle against Assad because Russian president Vladimir Putin backs him; but, that works BoTH WaYS, my friends. Russia won't engage in battle against the Syrian revolution so long as we (the US) have a physical presence there. It would also help with the common misconception that eVeRYoNe iN THe uS (eVeRy SiNGLe PeRSoN HeRe) iS aN aNTi-MuSLiM, RaCiST, HaTe-FiLLeD, So-CaLLeD cHRiSTiaN BiGoT, By SHoWiNG THe CiTiZeNS oF THe PReDoMiNaNTLy aRaB CouNTRieS oF OuR WoRLD iN WHiCH THe PiPuLaTioN's MaJoRiTy ReLiGioN iS iSLaM, wHiCH CoNSiSTS oF MaNy PeaCeFul DeNoMiNaTioNs oF IsLaM. It'd be nice if there were no death cults in existence, but there are. There pretty much always has been. It's not something strictly born of Islam. Christianity has its own dark side. The Ku Kux Klan (aka the KKK) has been around since around 1882 and over the last 137 years they've killed approximately 121,000 black people and people of other races who consorted with them. Most of them were lynchings, which isn't a far cry from the beheadings ISIS has so frequently posted to social media and YouTube since their conception. Ominous, to say the least. Leave our troops there.

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  • M
    Voted No
    01/08/2019
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    Ceding territory to Putin and Erdogan against national interest... Exactly what an asset of the GRU and wannabe strongboy would do. Maybe worth an investigation?

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  • Hector
    Voted Yes
    01/08/2019
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    No we shouldn't pull out. We started a war there and helped the rebels and then left them cold-hearted. We should stay

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