Mr. Trump’s shameful betrayal of our Kurdish allies

Mr. Trump’s shameful betrayal of our Kurdish allies October 8, 2019

 

Syria's Damascus
Damascus, the capital city of Syria  (Wikimedia Commons public domain photo)

 

When I heard, on Sunday night, that Donald Trump had decided to clear United States troops out of the way of a Turkish invasion of northern Syria, I was — to put it very mildly — not pleased.

 

While I can certainly understand the desire to pull American soldiers out of harm’s way, as well as the need to reduce American expenditures in a region that ought, really, to do more to defend itself, I fear that the United States will, yet again, be committing a shameful — an utterly dishonorable — betrayal of faithful, trusting allies

 

Here is a sampling of the articles that I’ve been reading on the subject since then:

 

“President Endorses Turkish Military Operation in Syria, Shifting U.S. Policy”

 

“Everything you need to know about Trump’s plan to pull back from Syria”

 

“Turkey Strikes Syria-Iraq Border in Preparation for Syria Invasion”

 

“Turkey to send troops into northern Syria as US pulls out of area, White House says”

 

“Trump’s Syria Mistake”

 

“Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds is a gift to Putin and Assad”

 

“Syrian Kurds fear ‘ethnic cleansing’ after US troop pullout announcement”

 

“Romney calls Trump’s Syria decision a ‘betrayal’ of Kurds”

 

“Republicans unload on Trump for Syria shift when he needs them most: Lawmakers from both parties denounced the decision to allow Turkey to fight U.S.-allied Kurds.”

 

“Judith Miller: Trump’s Syria move all wrong – It jeopardizes costly victory over ISIS, betrays the Kurds”

 

“‘Fox & Friends’ Host Slams Trump’s Abandonment Of Syrian Kurds: Co-host Brian Kilmeade, joined by Sen. Lindsay Graham, criticized the president’s move to withdraw support for Kurdish fighters ahead of a Turkish military assault.”

 

“Trump defends Syria decision amid Republican backlash”

 

“America’s Good Intentions in Syria Have Led to This Dismal Outcome: Washington has chosen such a narrow goal that its allies wonder if there is a future for the U.S. in the Middle East.”

 

“Former Anti-ISIS Envoy Talks Turkey”

 

“Nikki Haley says Trump’s Syria decision means leaving US allies ‘to die'”

 

“Pentagon: ‘We Did Not Endorse A Turkish Operation in Northern Syria’”

 

“Caught Between Trump, Turkey and Kurds, Pentagon Struggles to Piece Together Syria Strategy”

 

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And, in case the items above are too upbeat and cheery for you, here are a couple of items relating to the Chinese government’s massive persecution of Uyghur Muslims:

 

“Disturbing video shows hundreds of blindfolded prisoners in Xinjiang”

 

“U.S. Adds Chinese Firms Implicated in Uighur Oppression to Export Blacklist”

 

 


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