PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE MIDEAST
By Todd Horwitz
Sometimes it is tough to imagine what Mr. Trump is thinking. His latest one is the new war in Turkey. Although we are the Kurdish forces main supporters and suppliers of weapons, it appears that Mr. Trump is willing to cede power to Ankara and other regional players. It seemed to be a quick switch to what was a stabilizing situation.
Mr. Trump wrote on Monday that the U.S. isn’t abandoning the Kurds. On Wednesday he mentioned that he was criticizing Turkey’s military assault but didn’t mention that the Kurds were under assault. The president further went off to say Turkey’s actions are committed to protection of religious minorities including Christians and insured that there would not be a humanitarian crisis. He further went on to say that the U.S. would hold them to this commitment.
He then tweeted that the worst foreign policy move the U.S. ever got involved in was to get tangled up in the middle east, which he describes as a quagmire. On that score it is certainly hard to blame him. We have now been at war in Afghanistan for 18 years, cost us over 2 trillion dollars and thousands of lives. If we had stayed with our original goal to rid the world of Osama Bin Laden and left, things would be entirely different.
How will this end? When you look at the numbers, the U.S. cannot get the ECU to take back the 20,000 ISIS prisoners the Kurds have. The Kurds claim that they cannot not keep them forever. So, what do you do with the maniacs? Release them to the public and start the whole thing over again? You can disagree all you want with Mr. Trump, but I think it is hard to argue about this. Alexander the Great couldn’t win there. The Russians couldn’t win there, and I don’t think we can win there. It may be time to take our loss and move on.
Todd “Bubba” Horwitz