MELANIE Phillips writes: ‘President Trump’s shock decision to pull US troops out of north-east Syria confirms a disastrous slide in American foreign policy.
‘I warned here that Trump was trapped by his own contradictory character into making bad foreign policy mistakes, such as cancelling an airstrike on Iranian targets with only ten minutes to spare.
‘His previous plan last December to pull US troops out of Syria was deftly modified by his erstwhile National Security Adviser, John Bolton.
‘Alas, Bolton has now departed. So now there’s no one to corral this most erratic president, who is doubtless being made even more erratic than what passes for normal in the White House over his impeachment difficulties.
‘The potential consequences of this pull-out are appalling and disastrous.’
As ever, Melanie’s analysis is considered and honest, rightly criticising Trump for his actions in Kurdistan whilst at the same time acknowledging his importance in holding back and reversing the progressive onslaught on America:
‘Yes, Trump is probably the only person who could have issued a corrective to the disastrous onslaught on American exceptionalism and western democratic values by the Obama administration. Yes, he’s still the only person to take the fight to the cultural totalitarians, antisemites and anti-white racists of the Democratic Party who would continue to destroy America. And yes, a man like Trump is necessary because the civilised world has spun so wildly off its axis of reason and decency over the past several decades that only someone who is totally outside all the normal rules of politics and social conformism could create at least a possibility of western cultural survival.
‘But as I have also said again and again, Trump thinks out of his gut rather than his brain.’
To read Melanie Phillips’s full take on how Trump’s isolationism risks turning him into Obama mark two, and another even more terrible Middle East war, please click here.