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Reminder to stay focused on Syria and not US politics (Russia investigation, collusion, wikileaks, etc.)
The names in the title should be switched around.
Russia already coperates with US on Syria. But they mean by "ccoperation" that Russia should follow US instructions and interests the answer is very simple: Нет!
Personally, I do not believe that either one of them, have true power on this matter - I know that this sound like conspiracy, but it is not: There is simple to many confronted interests, but also and entanglement of those interests with each other - cooperating somewhere and confronted somewhere else... ... And both Presidents gain power because of their respect and serve for those and to those interests. Not confronting or disobeying them - we all know what will be outcome, for rogue Presidents...
That said, Syria is unfortunately just one of the playground, where those interests are overlapping. Unfortunately for the people of Syria, and for the ME. But, to be honest, blame is and on them (Syrian) and their leaders, which allow themselves and to the Syria, to become playground and puppet of those interests - local, religious, regional, global... etc.
So, for me it is not "will Trump and Putin cooperate on Syria", but will those interests, led by US and Russia, come to the equilibrium of some kind, which will mean peace for a while. Only if some new aspects of these entanglements (like US-China trade war) become more important, than that can give some deeper results - for example restoration of Syria proper. Tit-for-tat, of some kind.
But, IMHO, I am not to optimistic - it will very likely become frozen conflict/divide for decades to come - similar to Golan heights (Turkeys occupied territory) and, of course, Rojava as Kosovo/Donbas like case.
More like Putin got Trump to cooperate, sell out
It was always Trump’s policy to get out of Syria. If anything, he’s stayed longer and done more then he said he would.
If you think a US President is being a “sellout” by declining to waste trillions of dollars killing Arabs in yet another pointless war in the Middle East, it’s time for you to rethink what American values are and what your country represents.
It is a national security issue. We cannot pull out of Syria now while isis is still influential. Abandoning the allies who have died cleaning our mess on the ground. All because Putin wants it? This is what Trump is selling out
ISIS isn't influential, SDF can easily take them off
rethink what American values are and what your country represents.
Undermining tyrannical dictators has long been an American value and an accurate representation of the American experiment since 1776 and the revolt against British tyranny.
Really? That’s great, I can’t wait to see you guys overthrow the House of Saud! Any idea of a timeline for that one?
Don't know, but sign me up. Don't forget that other leader of Jihad: Khameniei. Let both go down together.
Also while we are at it what about cold war pro-US dictatorship?
While we are at it what about pro-Soviet dictatorships? Your point
That you make it look like US is only about freedom and democracy
Just because that was wrong doesn't mean I'll won't encourage my government to oppose present dictators. Even further, I support my government's actions which make life difficult for those dictators and sponsoring elites and support those seeking to overthrow them and introduce democratic rule.
Trump ran on an explicitly isolationist platform. If he doesn't pull out of Syria, then that would be selling out. But knowing all the hawks he's surrounded himself with, that's not going to happen. Or if he does pull one of his "fuck it I'm doing it anyways" unilateral moves, we might see some massive resignations (massive even by the standards of his administration) or worse...
What did he sell out?