Retired general tells Fox News: ‘What’s happened is that we’ve already lost our reputation’

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Retired Army Major General Malcolm Frost appeared on Fox News last week to discuss what might and might not happen as a result of Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. support from the border between Turkey and Syria. During that conversation, Gen. Frost was asked to outline the very real geopolitical consequences that might unfold if Turkey were to begin invading the region. He left open the conservative hope that maybe Trump was bluffing a little but wouldn’t entirely abandon our allies. It has only taken one week for the world to see that our current U.S. president has indeed abandoned our allies and created yet another humanitarian crisis.

Fox News National Security Correspondent  Jennifer Griffin caught up with Gen. Frost on Tuesday to find out if all of the consequences he had mentioned would unfold are indeed occurring the way that the rest of the media world has acknowledged they are unfolding. “The deed has been done. So what’s happening is we’ve already lost our reputation. We have abandoned an ally, and thirdly, those ISIS prisoners are going to escape.”

So the answer is yes. General Frost and others told you it would happen and now it has happened. And no amount of faux-spiritual head nodding by Mike Pence is going to fix serious foreign policy issues.

Gen. Frost’s lament over our lost reputation is an important one. We are only as good as our word, and when we make alliances around the world in order to fight against forces like ISIS, we need those allies to believe that we will hold up our end of the bargain by remembering our allies’ sacrifices when making security decisions that affect them. Especially when the consequences of our actions might be “ethnic cleansing.” CNN reports that U.S. Defense officials, speaking anonymously, have made numerous statements embodying the anger, frustration, and distress Donald Trump’s idiotic actions have caused everybody.

The quotes from military personnel, both on the ground and in Washington include:

  • The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces “are fighting a force that intends to eliminate their people because we green lighted their operation.”
  • “How do we expect anyone to partner with us now?”
  • “It’s pretty messed up what’s happening out here.”
  • “We want to offer support. We do not want to leave them in this situation.”
  • “Betrayal.”

Let’s be clear here. The only difference between the Republican Party leadership and Donald Trump on foreign policy is that while officials like Sens. Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell like to break things, they also like to use our military presence abroad as a way to drain money into our defense program while cutting social services. Trump’s withdrawal from the Turkish/Syrian border creates a war we do not want or need to involve ourselves in as we are already spread too thin because of our last Republican president.

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William Stefens
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William Stefens

This is what happens when an incompetent, narcissistic, sociopath who only cares about power and money and how to get more of both is elected president. Lord have mercy on us all for the pain horror, suffering, and death we have caused both here and abroad for allowing this embarrassment to become president. However bad Hillary was, she would have at least respected the office of the presidency, our rule of law, our constitution, and our long-standing allies.

Rutokin
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Rutokin

Way to go numb nuts,it’s taken more than 200 years to build up the solid foundation and reputation on the world stage that we had until you got here. It only took you 2 and a half years to totally destroy our reputation and trust we worked so hard to achieve,congratulations shithead, job well done

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico
..Trump has been betraying people all his life , because he’s always felt his father betrayed him . ..The only person he’s ever trusted is ROY BOY COHN , his one true love . ..And Roy taught him to never trust anyone , even his family. ….He’s a lonely person , trapped in his inability to trust anyone, because Roy’s dead , and Trump has many times asked , “ where is my Roy Cohn “ , because , he’s lonely for him . ..Trump thought he could trust ( another weird person ), RUDY , but Rudy couldn’t have… Read more »
PAL
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These fools need to realize that Republicans and Democrats are not enemies? Let’s clean house and get people in there that understand we are all Americans with different views and thoughts that allow us to develop good, well-rounded policies. I would be lying if I didn’t say that I feel these fools are mostly Republican, but hey turds are found in all colors, races, creeds, etc. Finally, there are more than a few of these people that need to understand that they are not above us and are not bosses or top citizens. Eighteen years in the military has taught… Read more »