The Controversy Is Not Really About the Syrian Kurds, But Iran’s Presence There

by | Oct 13, 2019

That’s why Obama started this war in the first place, of course.

And the Israelis’ concern now is that since the war backfired and Iran has a greater presence in Syria than ever before, that Trump could follow-up his withdrawal from northeastern Syrian Kurdistan with a pull out from the Al Tanf base in the southeast, leaving Israel to deal with the mess that they helped make.

Jerusalem Post: Can Israel trust the U.S. after Syria withdrawal?

Jerusalem Post/JTA: Two senators reach across the aisle to tackle the Syria nightmare: The pushback Trump got from Democrats and Republicans alike in the wake of his abandonment of the Kurds would be tenfold were he to throw Israel to the wolves.

JTA: Sen. Lindsey Graham calls troop withdrawal from Syria a ‘nightmare for Israel’

Reuters: Israel uneasy over Trump’s refusal to stand by Kurds

New York Times: Israelis Watch U.S. Abandon Kurds, and Worry: Who’s Next?

About Scott Horton

Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute, editorial director of, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from He's the author of the 2021 book Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism, the 2017 book, Fool's Errand:Time to End the War in Afghanistan, editor of the 2019 book The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019 and the 2022 book Hotter Than The Sun: Time to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. He’s conducted more than 5,800 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Larisa Alexandrovna Horton.

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