Why is Trump Allowing Our Allies to Be Slaughtered?

Thom plus logo The Kurds got screwed at the end of World War I, And lost their dream of an independent Kurdistan. There are large Kurdish communities in northern Syria, southern Turkey, and northwestern Iraq, and they have long dreamed of pulling back together into one country. In both Iraq and Syria they have been the allies of the United States in the battle against Isis and Al-Qaeda, but Erdogan in Turkey hates them and wants to kill them because they do not kowtow to his strongman rule. It's a tragedy that Donald Trump has decided to stop protecting our longtime ally the Kurds in Syria. Instead, he should be pulling together an international coalition to help them protect their territories and become their own country.

-Thom

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geohorse 2 years 2 weeks ago
#1

HI Tom,

Am a big fan from rural NYS just south of Montreal.

When discussing the Kurds, why don't you devote some time to explaing the geography of that part of the world being configured by a British 25 yr old civil servant who knew or cared nothing about how this tribal place was run during the Ottoman times? There was no understanding of culture, history, psychology, colonialism, etc. which has causedthe world trouble ever since. TE Lawrence was thought to have bee suicidal after this military betrayal of his deal with the Arabs who helped the west win the war. Another Betrayal!!!

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deepspace 2 years 2 weeks ago
#2

Yeah? When did you become such a traitor?

Were you ever in the military? You don't leave your buddies in the field to die! You don't betray your most staunch ally so that their enemy can kill them!

Besides, who started these endless Middle East wars in the first place? Who opened the gates of hell?

But in a hot war, regardless of the politics back home, you don't leave a buddy to die, you don't stab a friend in the back, and you certainly don't abandon a strategic position without consulting everyone involved, especially your own military intelligence, for godsakes!

But this is Trump, who doesn't understand any of that.

A real U.S. Commander in Chief would never make such an impulsive strategic blunder or engage in such horrendous treachery, just to appease an angry autocrat (albeit ally) after being browbeaten on a phone call.

And you still defend this weak-minded fool, who wet his pants when the big bad tyrant showed the whiny little boy how to wield actual power?

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