As significant progress has been made over the last two to three years in America’s fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the president has readied his military to leave Syria.
In a tweet late last night, Mr. Trump turned to Twitter to issue what appears to be a direct threat to some of our closest allies:
“The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial. The Caliphate is ready to fall. The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them. The U.S. does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go. We do so much, and spend so much – Time for others to step up and do the job that they are so capable of doing. We are pulling back after 100% Caliphate victory!” he tweeted.
The tweet came as the U.S.-backed coalition to destroy ISIS in Syria brings the terrorist organization to the brink of collapse. As America removes it’s troops from the region, there are certainly options other than forcing the fighters into the custody of our European allies, or simply releasing them into Europe like the president’s tweet seemed to convey he would do.
Allies, such as the United Kingdom, prefer for the fighters to remain in the Middle East — In Syria and Iraq — to face trials for their crimes there. Regardless of what the correct approach is in this situation, it’s difficult to argue that a late-night tweet condemning America’s closest allies was it.