Former Diplomat Warns That American Leadership On The World Stage Has Ended
President Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria signals that American leadership on the global stage is nearing its end, warned a former diplomat who served under former President George W. Bush, Newsweek reported.
“What we’re actually seeing, if you take a step back, this is the end of 70 years of the American era in the world,” Richard Haas, a former diplomat who is now the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, said. “We are voluntarily abdicating our role, and it’s the Russians, Iranians and others who are benefitting or countries will simply take matters into their own hands.”
Although Turkey is allied with the U.S. through the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), historic tensions between Turkey and the Kurds have raised alarms that Turkish President Erdogan may be predisposed to clash militarily with the Kurds, who were instrumental in helping the U.S. subdue ISIS.
High-profile Republicans, including some of his usual defenders, heavily criticized Trump’s decision.
“By abandoning the Kurds, we have sent the most dangerous signal possible--American is an unreliable ally, and it’s just a matter of time before China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea act out in dangerous ways,” Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham warned.
Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted, “The Trump administration has made a grave mistake that will have implications far beyond Syria.”