US: No To Syrian Help If Iran is Still There
By Micah Halpern
Monday October 15, 2018
I've Been Thinking:
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced yesterday that if any scintilla of an Iranian presence remains in Syria, the United States will not pay one single dollar toward reconstructing the country.
Pompeo made his point very clearly while delivering an address to members of the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA).
He said: "The onus for expelling Iran from the country falls on the Syrian government, which bears responsibility for its presence there."
And then Pompeo continued: "If Syria doesn't ensure the total withdrawal of Iranian-backed troops, it will not receive one single dollar from the United States for reconstruction."
This is a sine qua non for US involvement. That means Syria has to make a decision. Iran does not have the money to rebuild Syria and the Iranians have aggressive intentions there.
This move by the United States may successfully oust Iran from Syria.
If so - Kudos to Pompeo and to Trump!!
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