Why is the Democratic Party so slow to pick up on the idea that Donald Trump thinks he can do anything, that he believes he is an authoritarian leader? Today, the president notified the House that federal employees will not testify. Yesterday, he said he was pulling out all of the American military defending the Kurds. Now, this.
The president has been defending his actions of talking to Turkey then withdrawing U.S. troops from the Kurdish area in northeastern Syria. In fact, today POTUS notified America that he had even invited the president of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to the White House next month.
Pulling troops out of Kurdish territory only benefits Turkey and Russia with their dictator leaders. It does not help the U.S. or any of the allies at all. Yet, POTUS continued to dig down on his actions in spite of a bipartisan backlash.
Those who opposed the president’s unprecedented going-it-alone act pointed to Trump opening the door between the Kurds and Turkey. The Turks have called the Kurds “terrorists” and have been intent upon wiping out this population. Nevermind that the Kurdish women and men fought bravely with the U.S. against ISIS, according to Reuters:
‘So many people conveniently forget that Turkey is a big trading partner of the United States. They have also been good to deal with … Also remember, and importantly, that Turkey is an important member in good standing of NATO.’
Trump also claimed America was not abandoning the Kurdish troops:
‘We may be in the process of leaving Syria, but in no way have we Abandoned the Kurds, who are special people and wonderful fighters.’
After Trump made his outlandish decision, the Kurds must fill the vacuum with either Moscow, Russia or Damascus, Turkey. Iran was another possibility:
‘…..good health, at my request, Pastor Brunson, who had many years of a long prison term remaining. Also remember, and importantly, that Turkey is an important member in good standing of NATO. He is coming to the U.S. as my guest on November 13th. #ENDENDLESSWARS’
The Turkish Defense Ministry said its military was ready to launch a possible military operation in northeastern Syria, which has been the home of the Kurds. There were also hints of a pro-Kurdish population inside of a strip of Syria to serve as a buffer between the two groups.
Various ethnic groups have settled in northeastern Syria: “Turks, Persians, Arabs, Kurds, Armenians, Assyrians, Chechens, Azeris, and others.” It has been the crossroads of the Middle East and any number of invaders, according to the Kurdish Project:
‘Ancient Persians from the east, Alexander the Great from the west, Muslim Arabs in the 7th Century from the south, Seljuk Turks in the 11th Century from the east, the Mongols in the 13th Century from the east, medieval Persians from the east and the Ottoman Turks from the north in the 16th Century and most recently, the United States in its 2003 invasion of Iraq.’
The Kurds have remained true to their ethnicity, which resulted in:
‘[A]lmost continuous conflict and a history of repression, resiliency and reinvention in the face of existential threats by the Turks, Arabs and Iranians and their forebears.’
The British and the French carved up Syria in the Sykes-Picot Agreement in 1916:
‘[It meant] nation-states and spheres of control to support their own colonial interest. The former provinces of Syria and Mesopotamia under the Ottoman Empire would be divided into five nation-states: Lebanon and Syria which would be under French control and Palestine, Jordan and Iraq including Mosul Province which would be under British control.’
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