Against the advice of the Pentagon and his own party, Trump made a unilateral decision Sunday evening to remove all American forces from the border between Turkey and Syria.
For more than four years the Kurds have been fighting to defeat ISIS with American soldiers. Dictator/ President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, considers the Kurds ‘terrorists.’ Now that American forces are no longer fighting with the Kurds, the Turkish president is waging war against the American allies.
As one soldier who fought with the Kurds writes, ‘we could not have made the progress against ISIS in Syria and Iraq without their aid.’ In the attached article he calls Trump’s betrayal ‘a moral and strategic failure.’
His biggest complaint is that the withdrawal of American troops was hurried and the rash decision by one man who was a draft dodger. Removing American troops from Syria is an idea which is favored by most Americans. However, the Kurds should have received notice prior to the withdrawal. They are under attack as I write this from the Turkish army.
This is another instance where the fact that Trump demands unbridled loyalty but offers none in return is in full display.
I am more ashamed every day that an immoral, incompetent, unprincipled, and racist bully is allowed to wear the label of “President of the United States.” Donald John Trump has never been my president and never will be.
Op-ed by James Turnage
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