The puzzling logic behind Trump’s Syria withdrawal
Trump has tossed the ball right back into Erdogan’s court, and given Putin a headache


US President Donald Trump is not known to practice judo. It is possible he may have picked up a few judo techniquesfrom his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, who is a black belt.

But what Trump has just done to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is straight out of a physics concept used in judo

Russia may find itself in the unenviable position of being the broker on all these fronts. No doubt, a Turkish invasion of Syria at this point will infinitely complicate Moscow’s delicate moves on the diplomatic chessboard in search of a Syrian settlement.

To be an arbiter and a protagonist at the same time is an impossible situation, even for Russian diplomacy. Of course, it cannot be ruled out that the Turkish military may get bogged down in a quagmire in northern Syria.

Kurds thrown under a bus