The United States has allies across the globe. Sometimes they are enemies of each other. That can give us a chance to broker the peace. Or we can cut and run and let wars start. We have just seen President Trump choose the latter course.
Turkey is a member of NATO. They have been moving toward radical Islam. Obviously, we want to do what we can to prevent that.
The Syrian Kurds were very helpful in our fight against ISIS. We had a small force there to advise and support. They also served as a deterrent to prevent Turkey from launching an attack.
Rather than trying to diffuse the situation, Trump pulls the troops out. This, in effect, gave Turkey a blank check to kill, rape and torture anyone they wanted. That’s exactly what happened.
He proudly announced a permanent ceasefire. Calling anything in that region permanent is utterly ridiculous. Hundreds of thousands of Kurds are forced to flee their homes and places of businesses. Apparently, Trump doesn’t have a problem with ethnic cleansing.
In the short run, Turkey is the big winner and the Kurds are the loser. In the long run Russia, Iran and ISIS come out ahead. This has been a disaster for us. We lose any influence in that region. Our friends know they can’t depend on us and our enemies know we won’t do anything to stop them.
President Obama pulled out of Iraq and dithered in Syria. That led to the growth of ISIS. Now we are making the same mistake again.