Trump met at the White House with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and during a press availability at that meeting, he was asked about why he was abandoning our longtime ally the Kurds to be slaughtered by Turkey, allowing hundreds of ISIS detainees to escape. Astonishingly, he declared that the Kurds were worse than ISIS.
Trump repeatedly said the Kurds were “no angels” in his comments.
“The PKK, which is a part of the Kurds, as you know, is probably, worse at terror and more of a terrorist threat in my ways than ISIS.
“So it’s a very, semi-complicated — not too complicated if you’re smart — but it’s a semi-complicated problem,” Trump said. “I think it is a problem that we have very nicely under control.”
Trump’s fantasy land comes to the fore again. We don’t have any control at all over what’s happening. Turkish President Erdogan refused to even meet with Vice President Mike Pence to talk about the situation and his military has moved in to Northern Syria quickly and brutally, freeing ISIS prisoners along the way. The Kurds have been our biggest ally in the fight against ISIS. Without them, there’s no way we could have freed large parts of Iraq from the control of ISIS. Their fighters are fierce and well-organized. We funded them, gave them intelligence information and provided them with weapons so we didn’t have to send in thousands of troops ourselves. And now Trump is just letting them be destroyed by a Turkish dictator, further destabilizing the region.
The Kurds exist in parts of Turkey, Iraq and Iran and they are hated by the governments of all three countries because they have long sought their own independent country. We have allied with them for decades and Trump has now thrown that all out the window on a whim, over the advice of literally every foreign policy expert across the political spectrum in this country. Once again, he’s convinced his brilliant gut instinct is better than all the expert analysis in the world.