Trump plan to save Syria's oil is shaping up to be a public-relations dumpster fire

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President Donald Trump’s decision in October to commit US troops and armored vehicles to guard Syrian oil fields took congressional leaders and military officials by surprise, perhaps even more so than his abrupt withdrawal of US forces from the region in the weeks prior.In his reasoning, the president publicly acknowledged the primary purpose of deploying additional troops was to protect the Syrian oil reserves — which compounds the already complicated problems in the region, according to White House advisers, lawmakers, and law professors.”Telegraphing to the world that your only interest in the Middle East is protecting oil is bulletin-board recruiting material for the groups that we are trying to hurt, that we are trying to counteract,” Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy said at a Thursday panel.”Being candid,
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