After a strategic mistake of firing John Bolton who could control President Trump’s impulsiveness, the US administration has failed to form a robust foreign policy.

Being under pressure from domestic foes, particularly regarding recent impeachment inquiries, has persuaded Mr Trump to give an inch to his new opponents.

The US 2020 election is fast approaching. Mr Trump feels that repeating his domestic foes’ words will strengthen his campaign as he is determined to win reelection.

Amid the possible bloodbath in Northern Syria, the Iranian regime and Russia are over the moon. Although Tehran has announced its objections with Turkey’s operation, the Iranian mullahs are aware of the interests of the withdrawal of US troops from Syrian Kurdish territory.

As Russia and the mullahs in Tehran are ready to fill the vacuum left by the US, Iran apologists in Washington do their best to influence US foreign policy in favour of Tehran and Moscow’s interests.

The Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, a new think-tank formed by Iran’s apologists, was recently launched with the aim of advocating an “end to endless wars” by the US.

Interestingly, the “No To War” argument has now found itself in the White House.

“I am trying to end the ENDLESS WARS,” Mr Trump tweeted referring to his decision to pull the US troops out of Syria.

It is an established fact that the US has historically protected its economic and political interests by a long-time military presence strategy in the Middle East. 

However the big question is, would the US interests have been protected if it had not had military presence across the world?

Currently, the US military presence in Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and the Persian Gulf is not only necessary to prevent a war but also controls Russia’s and Iran’s expansionism and warmongering, which regional countries like Saudi Arabia cannot do alone.

The example of Iran’s recent attack on the Aramco oil facilities has proven the fact that Saudi Arabia is unable to defend the global oil market.

Syria has become a battlefield between the US and its allies against Russia and the Iranian forces. Now Mr Trump has turned his back on Syrian Kurdish friends, as he did with regards to the independence referendum in the Kurdistan region in Iraq.

The Pentagon announced a new deployment of forces to Saudi Arabia to confront Tehran threats in the region. It is a good move but the Iranian mullahs’ front line is in Syria and Iraq.

Indeed, Mr Trump has miscalculated the main threats from Russia and Iran. Allowing the Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) to do whatever it wants in Iraq and Syria is reminiscent of President Obama’s failed foreign policy and hollow red lines.

Mr Trump’s current Syrian policy is as catastrophic as Obama’s decision to pull the US troops out of Iraq, which has gifted Iraq to the Iranian mullahs on a silver plate.

Furthermore, abandoning Kurdish allies led them to compromise and arguably unite with the Assad regime and Iranian backed militants such as Hezbollah.

The Syrian Kurdish parties have already given Assad’s army the green light to deploy troops to the towns of Kobani and Manbij which Turkey has tried to occupy.

Such compromises threaten Israeli interests as it could secure IRGC presence in Syria. Kurds can now contrast how Russia and Iran’s regimes continue to back their allies.

Other US allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia will feel insecure as the Quincy Institute exhibits some common ethos, such as supporting the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA), while they are anti-Israel and hostile to Saudi Arabia.

The US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has said that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Washington’s Kurdish-led ally, look to make a deal with Russia to counter the Turkish offensive.

In the US Congress, some Republicans and Democrats have asked Mr Trump to impose sanctions on Turkey.

Mr Trump has called for sanctions on Turkish ministries and senior government officials and yet has invited Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Washington.

On the other hand, Turkey’s dishonest behaviour will allow Isis to rebuild itself after its terrorists escaped from the Syrian jails hit by the Turkish bombings.

This is apart from accusations that Turkey has business with the Isis. 

Erdogan has already got close to Russia and the Iranian mullahs, having bought Russian missiles and helped Iran to bypass sanctions.

Unfortunately, Mr Trump is impressed by or is tactically listening to the “No to War” campaign, which caused consecutive foreign policy mistakes towards the Middle East.

What is evident is that the Syrian territory will become a safe-haven for the IRGC Quds Force very close to Israeli borders, while Russia swallows the whole of Syria as US allies come to view Mr Trump unreliable.

- Hamid Bahrami is a former political prisoner from Iran, currently studying journalism at Clyde College in Glasgow.