PRESIDENT DONALD Trump’s betrayal of our Kurdish allies in the long fight against ISIS is sickening. This is especially so because the reason the leader of infinite wisdom gave is that the Kurds “didn’t help us in the second World War, they didn’t help us with Normandy for example.”
Really? Well our current ally Germany didn’t help us in Normandy either, so should we turn them over to the tender mercies of Russia? Actually, come to think of it, our now ally Germany was what Normandy was all about in 1944, wasn’t it?
While we are at it, the Kurds were also no help in World War I or the Spanish American War, either. But 11,000 of them died since 2014 fighting our current enemy, ISIS.
The Kurds were the ground troops we trained and equipped so that thousands of American troops did not have to be expended in a war against ISIS.
How soon President Trump forgets their sacrifice and cooperation with us. Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said “the administration cut a deal with Erdogan allowing him to wipe them out. Damage to our reputation and national interest will be extraordinary and long lasting.”
Republican Sen. (and usually Trump defender) Lindsey Graham said, “This invasion will ensure the resurgence of ISIS in Syria, embolden America’s enemies including Al Qaeda, Iran, and Russia, and launch yet another endless conflict in what has been, until today, one of the most safe and stable areas of Syria.”
Of course, real estate developer Trump “knows more than the generals,” as he once put it. The sellout of the Kurds was going to happen earlier this year when Gen. James Matthis quit as defense secretary in protest of the backstabbing.
Trump’s obsession with a campaign promise to get out of Syria now puts at risk the release of over 10,000 ISIS fighters held in the Kurdish areas.
Is their confinement worth a thousand American troops in the area? I certainly think so.
A campaign pledge while he was a real estate developer should certainly be justified as legitimately changed once you are commander in chief and see the full consequence of the war on ISIS the Kurds so valiantly fought.
The future of trusting America is clearly at risk by this rash go-ahead to Turkish President Erdogan by Trump. This blunder will displace hundreds of thousands of people and may cause a resurgence of ISIS the next President will have to confront — but without the Kurds.
If only they had been able to help at Normandy 75 years ago!