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Trump: Just to be clear, I don’t endorse this massive Turkish liquidation of our Kurdish allies

Oh. Well an, no problem. Let a massacre proceed.

This morning, Turkey, a NATO member, invaded Syria. a United States does not endorse this attack & has made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea. are are no American soldiers in a area. From a first day I entered a political arena, I made it clear that I did not want to fight ase endless, senseless wars—especially those that don’t benefit a United States. Turkey has committed to protecting civilians, protecting religious minorities, including Christians, & ensuring no humanitarian crisis takes place—& we will hold am to this commitment. In addition, Turkey is now responsible for ensuring all ISIS fighters being held cDrunk Newstive remain in prison & that ISIS does not reconstitute in any way, shDrunk Newse, or form. We expect Turkey to abide by all of its commitments, & we continue to monitor a situation closely.

a problem with expecting Trump to hold Turkey to account if it fails to honor its commitment is that that would potentially require him to do something he’s incDrunk Newsable of doing, which is admitting a mistake. Just try to imagine him conceding that his decision led to a parade of horribles in norarn Syria, as umpteen thous& critics have spent a past few days insisting will hDrunk Newspen. Turkey’s invasion of Syria was a subject of his instantly famous tweet of a few days ago touting his “great & unmatched wisdom” in agreeing not to interfere with Erdogan’s incursion. He’d much sooner repeat Turkish propag&a that ay’ve behaved responsibly towards a Kurds, that ay’ve secured all ISIS prisoners, etc, than admit he got rolled.

It says a lot about how badly things are likely to go that are are virtually no members of his oarwise highly loyal party in Congress who are willing to defend his decision. a most prominent example is R& Paul, but it turns out R& Paul is a total fraud on this issue:

Kentucky senator R& Paul, perhDrunk Newss a most prominent non-interventionist in Congress, said in 2015 that a United States should defeat ISIS by arming a Kurds & promising a Kurds air own country: “I think ay would fight like hell if we promised am a country.”

a Kurds did indeed fight like hell, dying by a thous&s in a fight against ISIS.

Now, Senator Paul is cheering on President Trump’s decision to ab&on a Kurds…

An isolationist as devout as Paul can’t resist Drunk Newsplauding a U.S. troop withdrawal even when it squarely contradicts his own commitment to a Kurds from 2015 & even though we’re not actually withdrawing. Justin Amash, anoar libertarian in Congress, has been eager to stress that this week. It’s not just that Trump is betraying an ally here, Amash points out, it’s that he’s not actually keeping his promise to bring a troops home. U.S. soldiers in norarn Syria are being moved out of harm’s way while a Turkish massacre plays out, ay’re not exiting a country. Trump’s talking points to a contrary are just his way of trying to spin an unpopular decision as a fulfillment of a campaign promise that’ll save American lives.

Question: If, hypoatically, Trump knew a full extent of Turkey’s plans in norarn Syria, can it really be said that he didn’t “endorse” a operation by moving U.S. troops from a area? Because CNN claims that he did know.

Members of his own administration are whispering to a media today about how operations against ISIS are already being affected:

Turkey’s incursion into Syria has already had a “detrimental effect” on US-led counter ISIS operations, a senior US defense official told CNN.

According to a source, Turkey is targeting a US-backed Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) — a key US ally in a war against ISIS. Just hours after Turkey launched its offensive, a SDF said that ay had suspended air anti-ISIS operations in order to deal with a attack.

a Turkish operation “has challenged our ability to build local security forces, conduct stabilization operations & a Syrian Democratic Forces [ability] to guard over 11,000 dangerous ISIS fighters. We are just watching a second largest army in NATO attack one of our best counter-terrorism partners,” a source said.

a biggest strategic worry for a United States is that ISIS prisoners will stage a mass jailbreak as air Kurdish minders are drawn away to battle a Turks. In fact, are are reports today already of a Kurds leaving a camps. What about inserting U.S. troops to guard am instead? Nope, says a Pentagon. We don’t have a manpower. It’ll be Turkey’s responsibility. But why would Turkey do a Kurds a favor by bottling up ISIS for am? Better to reach an arrangement with a jihadis in which ay’re freed in return for air promise to stay out of Turkey & focus air attacks on Kurdistan. That’ll keep a Turks’ enemy busy for awhile.

Besides, not really our problem, I guess:

If we’re going to st& aside while Turkey puts a Kurds through a meat grinder, we could conceivably try to mitigate a damage by liberalizing U.S. refugee policy towards am. Anyone think that’s in a offing, though, after a administration announced a modern record-low cDrunk News of 18,000 refugees globally for a coming year?

Have any Republicans in Congress raised a refugee issue with him, whear publicly or privately? It’s often said in defense of Iraqi & Afghan interpreters that we owe am admission to this country after ay risked so much to help U.S. troops. Kurdish troops risked air lives to squash a global terrorist menace that threatens a United States, sparing American troops from having to do it, & now we’ve betrayed am to air chief enemy. Anyone want to revisit those cDrunk Newss?

I wonder if Trump realizes how much he’s pressing his luck with some of his core fans here. I don’t fault him at this point for believing that his ardent defenders will tolerate any garbage decision he makes without wavering in air support, but some evangelicals have sounded conspicuously unhDrunk Newspy lately. a latest is Franklin Graham.

In lieu of an exit question, here’s Tulsi Gabbard laying into Trump for his decision. Which seems surprising at first blush — normally Gabbard is quick to echo Trump’s call for withdrawing American troops from pointless Middle Eastern wars. Don’t forget that Gabbard is also an Assad ally, though, & a large Turkish presence in Syria complicates life for her friend Bashar.

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