Betrayal is a harsh word.
But there is nothing else that comes close to describing what President Donald Trump has done to our Kurdish allies in Syria – the people who actually did the heavy lifting to defeat ISIS there.
Our commander in chief – a title he has disgraced with this shameless decision – announced earlier this month that the U.S. was pulling its forces, numbering about 1,000, and who engaged in training and acted in an advisory capacity, out of northeast Syria. He said Americans were tired of having our military bogged down in “endless wars” – presumably thinking this would be a nice little political boost.
But those U.S. troops were a buffer, the equivalent of a thin blue line, that prevented Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan – who shares Trump’s tinpot dictator style – from sending his military into the area in what could be a massacre of Kurdish fighters. Yes, these are the same Kurdish fighters who suffered nearly 11,000 casualties in combat against ISIS – which Trump likes to claim he defeated – compared to six U.S. service members and two civilians who were killed in the anti-ISIS campaign.