Without Getting Anything in Return
The false persona of Trump as a shrewd negotiator is in full force as he has decided to aid Kurdish fighters in the Mideast without getting the Kurds to agree to anything to defuse their situation in
Turkey. The result, anger in Turkey which
pushes them even further into the Russian orbit.
American military commanders have long argued for arming the Y.P.G., a Kurdish militia that contains some of the most experienced fighters among the Syrian force that is battling the Islamic State.
has vociferously objected to such a move, insisting that the Kurdish fighters
are linked with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or the P.K.K., which both it and
regard as a terrorist group. United States
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of
is scheduled to meet with Mr. Trump in
this month, and the American decision on arming the Kurds is likely to figure
prominently in the discussion. Mr. Erdogan is expected to press Mr. Trump to
and the Syrian rebels it backs a bigger supporting role in the assault on Raqqa. Turkey
See, Trump could have made the support conditional upon the Kurds making concessions in their terrorist war with
Turkey, and so it would have been a
win-win. But ignorance of world politics
didn’t even give Trump a chance to do some good and help an ally which is
becoming more and more distanced. Just
another foreign policy screw-up from the gang that couldn’t think straight.