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Opinion Opinions | Trump has lost Syria — and his mind

23:45  17 october  2019
23:45  17 october  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.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.

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“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.”

President Trump confirmed the validity of that ancient adage when he sounded off on a “meltdown” Wednesday about his calamitous decision to remove U.S. troops from northern Syria.

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The day began with an Oval Office news conference with Italy’s president. “The Kurds are very well protected,” Trump proclaimed, even as Kurds are fleeing for their lives from the Turkish onslaught. “And by the way, they’re no angels,” he added, before repeating his false assertion that the Kurds are deliberately releasing Islamic State prisoners to make Americans think, “Oh, gee, we’ve got to get right back in there.” This is Turkish propaganda with no basis in reality; reports suggest that Islamic State prisoners are actually being released by Turkish proxy forces. But having already betrayed the Kurds, Trump feels no compunction about cruelly maligning them. That about 11,000 Kurds gave their lives in battle to defeat the Islamic State means nothing to this solipsistic commander in chief for whom duty, honor and sacrifice are alien concepts.

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Trump expressed utter indifference about the Turkish offensive into northern Syria and the Kurdish call for help from a genocidal Syrian regime allied with Iran and Russia. “If Turkey goes into Syria, that’s between Turkey and Syria," he said, and “If Russia wants to get involved with Syria, that’s really up to them. … It’s not our border.” In reality, the United States has a major stake in northern Syria — our troops went there to fight the Islamic State and now they have been hastily removed just as that terrorist group shows signs of reviving.

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Trump’s insouciance about the Turkish onslaught is, of course, at odds with the administration demand that Turkey declare an immediate cease-fire. How can Trump’s aides demand a cease-fire while the president says he doesn’t care if the fighting goes on? This makes about as much sense as Trump imposing sanctions to punish Turkey for doing what he gave it permission to do.

Erdogan says Turkey will never declare ceasefire in northern Syria -NTV

  Erdogan says Turkey will never declare ceasefire in northern Syria -NTV President Tayyip Erdogan told U.S. President Donald Trump that Turkey will never declare a ceasefire in northeastern Syria, and added that he was not worried about U.S. sanctions over Ankara's offensive, broadcaster NTV reported on Tuesday. © ASSOCIATED PRESS In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, smoke and dust billows from targets in Ras al-Ayn, Syria, caused by bombardment by Turkish forces, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019.

But it is a fool’s errand to look for coherence or logic in what Trump says. He declared the situation in northern Syria to be “strategically brilliant” even though a majority of House Republicans just voted to condemn his incomprehensible decision to give Turkey a green light for aggression. He said “our soldiers are totally safe” even as they were retreating so hurriedly that they called in airstrikes to destroy their own headquarters before it could be seized by the Turks and their brutal militia allies.

The humiliation suffered by the United States was clear to the world as Russian mercenaries apparently took possession of a U.S. military base. The United States’ enemies are advancing, but Trump seems to think this is all a big game. “It’s a lot of sand,” he said. “They’ve got a lot of sand over there. So there’s a lot of sand that they can play with.”

The same elementary-school mind-set was evident in the subliterate letter that Trump wrote to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool!” he told Erdogan. “I will call you later.” We’ve had the Monroe Doctrine, the Truman Doctrine and the Reagan Doctrine. This is the Mr. T doctrine, after the tough-guy actor whose refrain was, “I pity the fool!” Shockingly enough, Trump’s gambit failed. Erdogan reportedly threw away Trump’s letter. The Turkish offensive continues. The Turkish strongman is showing himself to be the true bully on the block; Trump is only a pathetic pretender.

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But in President Walter Mitty’s mind, he is not the lounge lizard who claimed bone spurs to avoid service in Vietnam. He is a mighty conqueror who all by himself “captured” the Islamic State “in one month.” Or so he told Democratic leaders while he trashed former defense secretary Jim Mattis — a genuine war hero — as “the world’s most overrated general.” This was part of a general meltdown by the president that also included attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as a “third-grade politician” to her face. Trump engaged in his usual projection when he posted a picture of Pelosi literally standing up to him, calling it “Nervous Nancy’s unhinged meltdown!”

“I think now we have to pray for his health,” Pelosi said, and who can disagree? The president appears to be unstable — and also unstoppable. Did no one in the White House have the nerve to tell him not to send his puerile letter to Erdogan? Evidently not. Just as no one had the nerve to tell him not to pressure Ukraine to intervene in the U.S. election.

Trump’s increasingly batty behavior — triggered by the imminence of impeachment — makes it all the more imperative to impeach and remove him. But while Republicans are willing to rebuke him over Syria, they refuse to repudiate this farcical presidency. So the Trump show will go on, wilder and weirder than ever, even as a majority of the public demands that he leave the stage.

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Trump says Turkey calls cease-fire 'permanent' .
President Donald Trump made a statement from the White House Wednesday morning.President Donald Trump says Turkey has informed the U.S. it will make "permanent" a five-day cease-fire in Syria. In response, he says he's directing the lifting of economic sanctions on Turkey.

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