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Weekend Reads Trump Betrayed the Kurds. He Couldn’t Help Himself.

18:22  15 october  2019
18:22  15 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

US to step aside for Turkish assault on Kurds in Syria

  US to step aside for Turkish assault on Kurds in Syria US to step aside for Turkish assault on Kurds in SyriaTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened for months to launch the military operation across the border. He views the Kurdish forces as a threat to his country. Republicans and Democrats have warned that allowing the Turkish attack could lead to a massacre of the Kurds and send a troubling message to American allies across the globe.

How should the Kurds feel about Graham if he keeps supporting Trump anyway? How should they feel about Representative Liz Cheney, who holds “At request of this administration the Kurds served as the primary ground fighters against ISIS in Syria so U.S. troops wouldn’ t have to,” he tweeted.

“ He betrayed the whole Kurdish nation,” said Salah Osman, the imam at the Salahadeen Center mosque. On Wednesday, Trump even defended his decision by saying the Kurds didn’ t help the US during the second world war. At a rally in Minneapolis on Thursday evening, Trump was speaking

a man looking at the camera: Humiliating his own Cabinet secretaries was bad. Putting faithful American allies in harm’s way is far worse. © Jonathan Ernst / Reuters Humiliating his own Cabinet secretaries was bad. Putting faithful American allies in harm’s way is far worse.

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds stung deeply. “They trusted us and we broke that trust. It’s a stain on the American conscience.” These, according to The New York Times, are the searing words of an Army officer who has worked alongside the Kurds in northern Syria.

Kurdish forces played a central role in aiding the United States in fighting the Islamic State. But in a phone call a week ago Sunday, Trump gave the green light to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to invade northern Syria—and, in the process, to engage in what even one of Trump’s most loyal supporters, Senator Lindsey Graham, describes as the “ethnic cleansing” of the Kurds.

Canada's failure to repatriate former ISIS fighters and families leading to "inevitable" crisis: experts

  Canada's failure to repatriate former ISIS fighters and families leading to Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria have warned they'll have to limit the guarding of ISIS prisoners as the U.S. prepares to stand aside in the event of Turkish invasion of the region - leavING the fate of dozens of Canadian detainees up in the air.The Trump administration has signalled it is prepared to stand aside in the event of a Turkish invasion of the region, which would be aimed at dislodging the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), a U.S. ally in the war against ISIS.

Trump attacks everybody. President Trump ’s insistence that he knows the identity of the whistleblower is obviously so he can use his familiar technique of He told those gathered Wednesday at the White House that the Kurds didn’ t help “us” at Normandy Beach on D-Day. What the president failed to also

Donald Trump has withdrawn the bulk of American forces from Syria, which has left our allies, the Kurds , extremely vulnerable. Trump has consistently proved that he will betray allies so until he is removed from the office, the world should shun USA. Trump and his supporters deserves to see hell

According to Jennifer Griffin and Melissa Leon of Fox News, Trump was supposed to tell Erdoğan to stay north of the border, but instead “went off script.” By Wednesday, the Turkish offensive began, with Erdoğan’s aim to push back the Syrian Kurds from the border region. The results have been swift and brutal: the displacement of more than 100,000 people, executions and war crimes, the escape of hundreds of Islamic State prisoners. (If Islamic State fighters escape, they’ll “be escaping to Europe,” Trump said last week—as if Europe’s problems don’t affect the United States.) For the Kurds, the consequences of America’s policy change will only get worse. “I don’t know how many people will die. A lot of people will die,” a senior military source told Fox News. Yesterday the Trump administration tried frantically to make Turkey stand down, but enormous damage has already been done.

Trump defends abandoning the Kurds by saying they didn't help the US in WWII

  Trump defends abandoning the Kurds by saying they didn't help the US in WWII When asked whether he felt his treatment of the Kurds sent a poor message to other potential US allies, Trump said, "Alliances are very easy."This came amid reports Turkish ground troops were crossing the border into Syria following airstrikes that began earlier in the day.

He has betrayed his business partners, his customers, his employees, his friends, his wives, and his voters. A man who is willing to betray those closest In addition to abandoning the Kurds , the Trump administration is withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty. Its most glaring defect is that it's a treaty.

Trump defends his Syria move, says Kurds ‘didn’ t help us with Normandy’. He also responded to criticism from his usually reliable ally, Lindsey Graham, who along with other Republicans have ripped Trump for the Email check failed, please try again. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

For once, Republicans have forcefully spoken out against Mr. Trump. Graham said our Kurdish allies had been “shamelessly abandoned by the Trump administration.” Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the third-ranking Republican in the House, said Trump’s decision is having “sickening and predictable” consequences. Representative Adam Kinzinger, an Air Force veteran, said on Face the Nation that “leaving an ally behind … is disheartening, depressing.” He added, “The Kurds found out on Twitter, for goodness’ sake. We have left them to the wolves. And the message this is sending to our allies around the world, I think, is really going to be bad.” Senator Mitt Romney, the Republican lawmaker who has been the most willing to speak the truth about Trump, declared on Twitter, “The President’s decision to abandon our Kurd allies in the face of an assault by Turkey is a betrayal.”

Ottawa Kurds calling for action as Turkey attacks northern Syria

  Ottawa Kurds calling for action as Turkey attacks northern Syria Ottawa's Kurdish community is calling for action to stop the Turkish incursion into northern Syria that they say has put their family members and friends in danger. Organizations for Kurds in Ottawa are planning a rally Saturday at the U.S. Embassy to protest President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw American forces from the border region, leaving their Kurdish allies behind.Turkish forces began the offence on Wednesday and have continued their offensive against U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters. Casualties have continued to climb and thousands of civilians are fleeing the violence.

Trump himself admitted in 2015 that when it came to Turkey, “I have a little conflict of interest ‘cause I have a major, major building in Istanbul. … Or perhaps Trump acted simply because he loves dictators like Erdogan? Or because he is an ardent isolationist who wants to withdraw troops from

Consciousness of time passing seldom accords with what clocks and calendars tell us. The discord is especially acute in these days of Trump -induced, ever changing “breaking news.”. Thus, it seems to me and I suspect to every other sentient being paying attention

Indeed it is. But betrayal is hardly new to Trump, who routinely abandons people who trust in him or the nation he leads. By now, this behavior should come as a surprise to exactly no one.

Betrayal is a leitmotif for this president’s entire life. Think of how he cheated on his wives. Think of the infant child of a nephew who had crucial medical benefits withdrawn by Trump because of Trump’s retaliation against his nephew over an inheritance dispute. Think of those who enrolled at Trump University and were defrauded. Think about the contractors whom Trump has stiffed. Think of Jeff Sessions, the first prominent Republican to endorse Trump, whom Trump viciously turned against because Sessions had properly recused himself from overseeing the investigation into whether Russia had intervened in the 2016 election. Think about those who served in Trump’s administration—Rex Tillerson, John Bolton, Don McGahn, Reince Priebus, Gary Cohn, James Mattis, and many more—who were unceremoniously dumped and, in some cases, mocked on their way out the door.

COMMENTARY: Canada is complicit in the shameful betrayal of the Kurds

  COMMENTARY: Canada is complicit in the shameful betrayal of the Kurds As much as we should condemn Trump for his craven abandonment of the Kurds, we should also look at why Canada hasn’t been doing more, says Rob Breakenridge.After all the sacrifices that Kurdish forces have made in taking the fight to ISIS and bringing about the end of the so-called caliphate, for the American president to throw them under the bus and subject them to this Turkish onslaught is beyond shameful.

Donald Trump is not only “dumping” the Kurds , he is also giving precise indications regarding the cornerstones of his foreign policy agenda. Not only as regards Syria, but also all other global crises, directly or indirectly, involving the United States. The series of tweets with which the head of the White

Nobody working for Mr Trump knows because he keeps contradicting himself . To judge by the Democratic uproar, you would think that he had sold the Syrian Kurds into slavery. He then enlisted the Syrian Kurds to help fight Isis, which had rushed to fill the vacuum created by America’s departure.

Also think of how Trump has disparaged his own country while making excuses for strongmen. When MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said Vladimir Putin “kills journalists, political opponents, and invades countries,” Trump replied that “at least he’s a leader.” Besides, Trump asserted, “I think our country does plenty of killing also.” And when asked whether Erdoğan was exploiting the coup attempt to purge his political enemies, Trump did not call for the Turkish leader to observe the rule of law, or Western standards of justice. “When the world sees how bad the United States is and we start talking about civil liberties, I don’t think we are a very good messenger,” he said.

As McKay Coppins put it in The Atlantic shortly after the president was sworn in, “Trump built his success on his willingness to toss aside mentors, friends, and family members during moments of frustration and chaos.” Serial betrayal is a central trait of Trump’s character, and his critics warned from the start against elevating such a person to the nation’s highest position of public trust. When the consequences are the serial humiliation of Cabinet secretaries and White House aides, they are easier for Trump’s political supporters to rationalize or overlook. But as the professor Robert King once declared, “Betrayal is a garment without seams.” The danger is far plainer when the victims of Trump’s betrayal are longtime American allies facing deadly force.

Newfoundland veteran afraid for Kurdish fighters in Syria after U.S. troop withdrawal

  Newfoundland veteran afraid for Kurdish fighters in Syria after U.S. troop withdrawal Leading Seaman Michael Kennedy retired from the Canadian Navy in 2016.A retired Newfoundland navy veteran who fought ISIS in Syria fears for Kurdish forces in the region following the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

Letters: Margaret Owen says the UK is complicit in Erdoğan’s offensive into north-eastern Syria and as guilty as Trump in allowing this invasion, Andy Brown suggests kicking Turkey out of Nato, Anthony Bradley asks what can be done to help the victims.

Trump betrayed our allies. Our word will mean NOTHING going forward, which puts our country in grave danger. He used to write for fun, but now he 's forced to out of a near-permanent sense of outrage. But Israel has not betrayed the Kurds ; promises to send humanitarian supplies.

Individuals like Donald Trump, who chronically betray others, are incapable of authentic relationships or genuine human connections. They view other people solely in transactional terms. For malignant narcissists, they themselves are the alpha and the omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Other human beings don’t have inherent dignity; their worth is determined solely in terms of what they can do for the person who is the betrayer. If the answer is nothing, then others are dismissed, discarded, and abandoned. There is no empathy, no sympathy, no guilt or shame.

The Kurds were a mere afterthought to Donald Trump. Turkey’s Erdoğan is the type of authoritarian leader who can easily manipulate the president. Erdoğan wanted something done, and Trump was willing to do it.

A year ago, President Trump was praising the Kurds as “great” allies, vowing to protect them. “They fought with us. They died with us,” Trump said. “We have not forgotten.” But just a few days ago, he dismissed the Kurds this way: “They didn’t help us in the Second World War. They didn’t help us with Normandy, as an example.”

President Trump doesn’t interpret his abandonment of America’s faithful and intrepid Kurdish ally as betrayal because he can’t even understand why betrayal is a vice. It’s like trying to explain color to a person born with no eyesight. He doesn’t appear to comprehend that a relationship without trust is not a true relationship; it’s merely an exchange of needs—and President Trump will betray anyone who no longer serves his needs.

“We should expect our current president to betray anyone or any principle or any norm or any ally whenever he has the impulse to do so,” a friend of mine who is a psychologist told me. (To make sense of the Trump years, an understanding of psychology is at least as helpful as an understanding of politics.) “This should scare us all, and there’s no evidence he is capable of deferring to someone else when his relationship indifference could (again) cost lives.”

My friend went on to say, “Expect betrayal, because [Trump] does not know what that even means.”

The betrayal won’t stop with the Kurds. Every individual, every institution, every government agency, and every American ally could meet a similar fate. Donald Trump’s loyalty runs exactly as deep to his fellow citizens, the rule of law, the Constitution, America’s best traditions, and traditional codes of honor and decency as it does to his previous wives, to his former aides, and to those he has done business with. “A stain on the American conscience” isn’t just a characterization of what Trump did to the Kurds in northern Syria. It may also prove to be a fitting epitaph for the Trump presidency as a whole.

Trump Lashes Out on Syria as Republicans Rebuke Him in House Vote .
Correction: October 16, 2019 This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: An earlier version of this article misquoted President Trump. He said, referring to Syria, "They have a problem with Turkey, they have a problem at a border. It's not our border." He did not say "it's not our problem." This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: An earlier version of this article misquoted President Trump. He said, referring to Syria, "They have a problem with Turkey, they have a problem at a border. It's not our border." He did not say "it's not our problem.

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