Yes, it’s complicated. But there was never any serious risk of war with Turkey. Had Mr. Donald J. Trump not announced the withdrawal of American troops and expressly given the green light for a Turkish invasion to assault the Kurds, Turkey would not have invaded.
Here’s the bottom line: If we betray our allies, we will soon have no allies. If we are unwilling to have the backs of surrogates fighting ISIS and other such forces on our behalf, we will shortly have no alternative but to fight Islamist extremists ourselves.
Whether or not our involvement in Syria was warranted in the first place, whether or not Congress should have been more deeply involved from outset — I agree with Charles C. W. Cooke that it should have been — it is disgraceful to abandon allies the way that we now have yet again.
“Regicide”? “Regicide”? Seriously? If opposing Mr. Donald J. Trump is “regicide,” that means that he is a “rex,” or a king. And here I thought — silly me! — that America fought its War of Independence in order to escape being subject to a king.
Why not just abandon false reserve and call opposition to Mr. Trump deicide?