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Opinion They Think Trump Betrayed the Kurds. Why Do They Still Support Him?

18:20  10 october  2019
18:20  10 october  2019 Source:   theatlantic.com

Trump defends Syria move: The Kurds 'didn't help us' in Normandy

  Trump defends Syria move: The Kurds 'didn't help us' in Normandy President Trump on Wednesday criticized the Kurds, saying they didn't help the United States during World War II and that they were only fighting for their land in Syria during the battle against ISIS."The Kurds are fighting for their land," Trump told reporters at the White House during an event in the Roosevelt Room."And as somebody wrote in a very, very powerful article today, they didn't help us in the second World War, they didn't"The Kurds are fighting for their land," Trump told reporters at the White House during an event in the Roosevelt Room.

To the Editor: Re “Backtracking on Syria, President Mixes Signals, Inciting a G.O.P. Furor” (front page, Oct. 8): President Trump ’s statement on Sunday that he was willing to let Turkey enter the Kurdish parts of northern Syria by withdrawing American troops is deeply concerning.

So did Trump just betray the Kurds because (a) He has business interests in Turkey (b) Erdogan, being a brutal autocrat, is his kind of guy (c) His boss Vladimir Putin told him to. Ellsberg: The Kurds have every reason to believe they will be betrayed again by the United States, as so often in the past.

Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

Lindsey Graham standing in front of a laptop© Veronica Cardenas / Reuters

Is it possible to believe that President Donald Trump is abandoning a vital ally to slaughter, that he is ensuring the rebirth of a genocidal terrorist group that threatens the United States, and that he ought to be the 2020 GOP nominee?

Republicans must now confront that question.

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I eventually asked why he felt so certain about his application. “It’s my last name,” he explained. Turkish identity generally exists as a dehyphenated monolith — aside from the case of the Kurds , who both inside and outside of Turkey have long struggled to express a separate ethnic identity.

It is hardly the first time that the United States has betrayed the Kurds , but President Donald Trump ’s announcement on Sunday—that he’s pulling U.S. troops out of The likely consequences of Trump ’s actions are not some unforeseen side effect; he acknowledged, and even welcomed, them explicitly.

On Twitter yesterday morning, Senator Lindsey Graham lamented that “a disaster is in the making” in an area of northern Syria controlled by the Kurds.

The ethnic minority group helped to fight ISIS, destroy its caliphate, and imprison its surviving fighters, even as it feared aggression from Turkey. In return, the U.S. stationed troops alongside the Kurds, helping the group to jail ISIS fighters and deterring Turkish military aggression. But Trump ordered U.S. troops to leave Kurdish-held areas. And Turkey responded yesterday by launching an invasion.

“Pray for our Kurdish allies who have been shamelessly abandoned by the Trump Administration,” Graham wrote. “This move ensures the reemergence of ISIS. I urge President Trump to change course while there is still time.”

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Donald Trump is probably the weakest he’s been since becoming president. He all but confessed to I think there’s another explanation — one that accounts for Republican behavior without casting these And why would they ? Despite his somewhat heterodox campaign, Trump has been a remarkably

President Trump ’s promise to withdraw troops from Syria could leave one of America’s closest partners in This was an ally, they thought , that was standing beside them , that had stood beside them for So as he looks across the border, he not only sees his archenemy, the Kurds , who he wants to push

Not everyone shares Graham’s beliefs.

There are Republicans who believe that the United States ought to get out of Syria, arguing that nothing is owed to Kurdish forces who were acting only in their self-interest all along, or that ISIS is defeated, or that Turkey is capable of keeping ISIS from reconquering territory, or that Congress never authorized the U.S. troop presence in Syria, or that asking American soldiers to risk their lives protecting Kurds in a faraway mission with no foreseeable end is unfair, or that the presence of Americans there heightens the risk of a great-powers war.

But Graham rejects all those arguments. How should the Kurds feel about Graham if he keeps supporting Trump anyway? How should they feel about Representative Liz Cheney, who holds similar beliefs?

“News from Syria is sickening. Turkish troops preparing to invade Syria from the north, Russian-backed forces from the south, ISIS fighters attacking Raqqa,” she wrote yesterday. “Impossible to understand why @realDonaldTrump is leaving America’s allies to be slaughtered and enabling the return of ISIS.”

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  Trump sends $50 million in emergency funds to Syria The funds are meant to "protect persecuted ethnic and religious minorities and advance human rights""This funding will provide emergency financial assistance to Syrian human rights defenders, civil society organizations and reconciliation efforts directly supporting ethnic and religious minority victims of the conflict," the statement reads.

Trump says he’ll use US economic power to hold Erdogan responsible for not letting thousands of now-captive ISIS killers escape, but that’s far from a But most importantly, we have betrayed the Kurds . The Kurds have served as our allies in Iraq and Syria, and did much of the dirty work of putting ISIS

Think of Trump ’s pullout from the Iran nuclear deal, which has led Tehran to accelerate its The Kurds are likely to look for help from Assad and Iran, allowing the United States’ enemies to take But the Kurds may not be able to continue holding them without U.S. support — while also battling the

She added, “This action imperils American security and that of our allies. Congress must and will act to limit the catastrophic impact of this decision.”

Senator Marco Rubio is appalled, too. “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. “Then cut deal with Erdogan allowing him to wipe them out. Damage to our reputation & national interest will be extraordinary & long lasting.”

Rubio also wrote:

#Syria isn’t about neocons or hawks, it’s about reality. The Kurds were lead ground force against ISIS & currently hold 1000’s of ISIS killers in jail. Abandoning them is morally repugnant, stains our nations reputation & could lead to 1000’s of ISIS killers back on battlefield.

And earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared, “A precipitous withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria would only benefit Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime,” adding, “And it would increase the risk that ISIS and other terrorist groups regroup.”

So, according to these Republicans, Trump exploited an ethnic minority group, cut a deal ensuring their literal slaughter, damaged America’s interests, stained the country’s reputation, and risked putting thousands of its defeated enemies back onto the battlefield.

And yet, in all likelihood, Graham, Cheney, Rubio, and McConnell will support Trump for the 2020 GOP nomination, doing nothing to find a superior standard-bearer.

What does it say about their values and beliefs if even behavior that they regard as morally depraved and geopolitically catastrophic does not trigger a break with Trump? Nothing good.

Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS .
The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is designated as a terrorist group by both the U.S. and Turkey, penned an open letter in English rebuking President Trump's comparison of the group to ISIS amid a fight between Kurds and Turkish forces in northern Syria. © Reuters/NDN Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS The PKK said in Friday's letter that it "refused comparisons" to ISIS after Trump said at a press conference on Wednesday that the Kurds were "no angels" and that the PKK is likely "more of a terrorist threat" than ISIS.

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