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USA Abandonment of Kurds Sends Bad Message to Allies in East Asia – commentary

Once again, Washington has left allies to face greater regional powers on their own; the implications for East Asia are stark

Grant Newsham| | Asia Times

It was always obvious James Mattis wouldn’t be US secretary of defense forever. So his resignation last week wasn’t a surprise – only the circumstances were.

The last straw was apparently US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces from Syria, contrary to Mattis’ and the US military’s advice. Mattis also made clear his view on the importance of maintaining alliances and standing by allies.         Continue reading