Earlier this week I wrote an objective assessment and analysis as to why withdrawing our small amount of troops from northern Syria . . . and betraying the Kurds, was a bad decision. I am not the type to say, “I told ya so,” so I will let the facts speak for itself.
As reported at Townhall:
“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Wednesday morning the country’s military offensive into northern Syria had begun shortly after the United States withdrew its military presence into the region.
Erdogan tweeted the mission is designed “to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area” and preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and liberate local communities from terrorists.” The Kurds, who have fought alongside U.S forces against ISIS, are in charge of the camps where thousands of ISIS fighters and their families are being held. The media spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces said there is “a huge panic” because “Turkish warplanes have started to carry out airstrikes on civilian areas.”
I guess President Trump and Erdogan share an affinity for making major national security announcements via tweets?
Here is the problem: Erdogan enabled the establishment of the ISIS territorial caliphate. He was the one who turned a blind eye as Islamic jihadists flooded across his porous unsecured southern border into Syria. He does not see the captured ISIS fighters, and families, as the true terrorists. He sees the Kurdish forces as the terrorists. Erdogan was the one who created a “terror corridor,” and you can bet that as the Kurdish forces retreat, the ISIS prisoners will go free.
Just imagine this: last week, no one was thinking about northern Syria, or ISIS. But currently, due to what has to now be seen as an ill-advised unilateral decision, the headlines are flowing. As we shared earlier this week, a bloodbath of the Kurds at the hands of Turkey, due to President Trump’s tweet may rival Barack Obama’s unilateral decision to create a vacuum in Iraq.I have been one of those fellas on the ground. No one likes perpetual combat operations, but we in the military like it when we are successful. Click To Tweet
I have been one of those fellas on the ground. No one likes perpetual combat operations, but we in the military like it when we are successful. Our men and women volunteer fully knowing the consequences, and we do not need anyone claiming to care for us due to a political campaign promise. National security is not about campaign promises, it is about understanding that there is evil in the world, evil men, and our troops take pride in standing against it, and being victorious. I can tell you that the hardest thing for our troops on the ground in northern Syria had to do was to drive off and leave these brave Kurdish fighters, men and women, to face exactly what we see happening.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan is evil personified and cannot be trusted, we know that. Anyone thinking that Turkey is going to take care of this situation suffers from utter delusion. To think, they are using US-made F-16s to drop bombs on our allies, who we have just abandoned.
The answer to Erdogan should have been, “we are not leaving, and you will not be conducting any operation.” We should have long ago, since Erdogan came to power, withdrew our forces from the US Air Base in Incirlik, and elsewhere.
As the liberal progressive media realizes the whole Ukrainian impeachment circus is falling apart, they will shift. Their focus will now be on northern Syria, a place that just last week was at peace. Now we have unleashed the madness of Erdogan, and dropping bombs on the Kurds is not what I call bringing peace to the area, and certainly not liberating the local communities from terrorists. That was done by the Kurdish fighters, with the assistance of the United States.The real consequence of all of this, in addition to the unnecessary deaths of many, is that our international credibility has been severely damaged. Click To Tweet
The real consequence of all of this, in addition to the unnecessary deaths of many, is that our international credibility has been severely damaged.
President Trump, please reverse your decision. This is not about bringing the troops home. Never use our men and women in uniform as an excuse. This is about the honor and character of the United States, and being true allies to those who have put their lives on the line when we asked them to.
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