In a bid to reassure allies of Washington's commitment, Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been touring Middle Eastern capitals this week expressing their will to protect the Kurds and continue combating IS. Nearly ten years later I returned to cover another "keynote" speech by an American official - this time, by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Trump also commented Sunday on the timing of the withdrawal. The U.S. has allied itself with the PKK/YPG to fight Daesh in Syria, while Turkey has argued that using one terror group to fight another makes no sense.
"John Bolton has made a grave mistake on this issue", Erdogan told his party's lawmakers in parliament. "And on that score what they would have heard in the speech today is a lot of empty rhetoric".
Expect Bolton and Jeffrey also to resume referring, as they frequently have in the past, to somehow pushing Iran out of Syria as yet another objective of keeping US troops there.
On Thursday, Mr Pompeo said "we will not ease our campaign to stop Iran's malevolent influence and actions against this region and the world". "But in our hesitation to wield power, we did nothing". He told you that radical Islamist terrorism does not stem from an ideology.
"It's a bipartisan failure", said Mark Dubowitz, the chief executive of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a hawkish Washington-based think tank.
Pompeo said that as a result of Obama's mindset, USA policies created a "dire" situation that allowed for the rise of the Islamic State and for Iran to spread its influence to countries such as Iraq, Yemen, Syria and Lebanon, including proxies such as Hezbollah and the Houthis.
Pompeo said the USA withdrawal from Syria will occur at a measured pace, with operations against Islamic State continuing as "we complete the mission of taking down the last elements of the caliphate before we depart". "Best for the U.S. to just get over loss of Iran", he wrote. She said while Pompeo's acknowledgment of the case was important, "it is also necessary to recognise that prominent Egyptian civil society members are still being prosecuted under the same case".
The same source said that he understood Bolton to have told the Israelis that the U.S. withdrawal from Syria would be a very slow process that could undergo delays if needed.
The following day, Mattis resigned, although Trump initially said he was retiring.
The previous USA administration started things in the wrong direction when it excluded Iran from participation in a UN-sponsored peace conference on Syria five years ago, on grounds that Iran would not accept a precondition about creating a transitional Syria government. "First time he's spoken from the Oval Office in two years". The announcement showcased a chaotic policymaking process in Washington, where top officials were left scrambling to reverse-engineer a coherent Syria policy. He also criticized Washington's human rights record. When he made his surprise announcement of the withdrawal three weeks ago, Trump said he wanted to complete it quickly. For example, US intelligence officials believe the Saudi crown prince was involved in the killing of a journalist in the country's consulate in Istanbul. Or that new ties would emerge between Saudi Arabia and Iraq?
He commended Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's relationship with the U.S. "I was happy to see our citizens, wrongly convicted of improperly operating NGOs here, finally acquitted".
An ISIS suspect identified by the USA -allied Kurdish YPG militia as 16-year-old US national Soulay Noah Su is seen in a photo posted to social media by the YPG on January 9, 2019. State Department has reported.
"He told you that the United States and the Muslim world needed, quote, a new beginning, end of quote".