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OPINION: TRUMP’S DECISION WILL KILL THE KURDS AND HURT THE UNITED STATES

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By Ron Munden


OPINION: TRUMP’S DECISION WILL KILL THE KURDS AND HURT THE UNITED STATES By Ron Munden

US and Turkey

In a stunning change in US foreign policy, the White House announced last night that US forces would step aside as Turkey plans a military offensive against the Kurds in northern Syria. The move is astonishing because the US-backed Kurdish forces have been America's most reliable partners in Syria and played a huge role in the fight against ISIS. Turkey has long considered the US-backed Kurdish militia YPG as a terrorist group and has wanted to eliminate it. The White House added Turkey would now be responsible for all captured ISIS fighters who are currently being held by US-backed Kurdish forces in northern Syria. The announcement followed a phone call between President Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. There are about 1,000 US troops operating in northeastern Syria right now.

I know that Trump’s solid 35% think that Trump can do no wrong and could never be convinced otherwise. Fortunately, we still have a sane 65%, so much of the Country should view this announcement with alarm. Trump has spent the last 2 ½ years convincing the rest of the world that the United States is an unreliable partner. If there are any countries out the that have not been convinced, this proves that THE UNITED STATES IS AN UNRELIABLE PARTNER.

Of course, the big loser are the Kurds but US foreign policy is going to take a big hit. Who wants to partner with a country that will not maintain consistent long-term relationships?

What country want to partner with the US when one phone call with a dictator can convince the President the abandon our friend and leave them to die.

Our only hope is that soon a few Republicans can grow spines and we can end this madness. Where is John McCain when we need him?


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