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Republican anger grows as Trump disavows Kurds by saying they didn't help during WWII
Oct 10th, 2019 at 9:10am
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Republican anger grows as Trump disavows Kurds by saying they didn't help during WWII

Republicans savaged President Donald Trump Wednesday for allowing Turkey to attack US allies in Syria as the President offered varying reasons for giving Turkey the green light, including the fact that Kurds did not fight alongside the US in World War II.

Turkey launched its military operation to flush Kurds allied with the US out of northeastern Syria sparking outrage in Congress, creating rare bipartisan unity about the risks to the Kurds, US national security interests, regional stability and the fight against ISIS.

Trump apparently gave Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the go-ahead on Sunday to proceed with his long-planned move against Kurdish fighters who make up part of the Syrian Defense Forces and who lost thousands of men fighting with the US against ISIS.

As Turkish planes pounded Kurdish positions from the air and with artillery, CNN reporters on the ground in Syria reported smoke billowing from several large explosions as desperate civilians -- women, children and men -- fled the area on foot, some pushing others in wheelchairs, many crammed into the back of pickup trucks.

With humanitarian groups reporting the bombardment could displace as many as 300,000 people, Erdogan's top adviser told CNN's Christiane Amanpour that Trump knew in advance about the scope of the Turkish attack.

"President Trump and President Erdogan have reached an understanding over precisely what this operation is," Gulnur Aybet said from Ankara on Wednesday. "He knows what the scope of this operation is."

The news trickling out of Syria fed increasing Republican anger, as lawmakers, former officials and analysts reacted throughout the day, and the US military stayed conspicuously silent.


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Re: Republican anger grows as Trump disavows Kurds by saying they didn't help during WWII
Reply #1 - Oct 10th, 2019 at 9:11am
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Jump to the part about the released ISIS prisoners going to Europe.

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Reply #2 - Oct 10th, 2019 at 9:24am
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It is in keeping with Trump's transactional view of the universe.  We were allied with the kurds for as long as we shared a common enemy.  Now that this enemy has been defeated, we are no longer allied.  We like them, sure, but not enough to alter our other trump financial geopolitical interests.

Short term transactions are everything.  Long term principles and strategic relationships are nothing.

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Re: Republican anger grows as Trump disavows Kurds by saying they didn't help during WWII
Reply #3 - Oct 10th, 2019 at 9:28am
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I'm trying imagine what the republican response would be if Obama had shifted US troops, invited the Turks to blow away our local friends on the ground, and lined things up for a Putin slam-dunk.

Trump himself said that Obama was a founder of ISIS for leaving Iraq too quickly and creating a power vacuum...
  

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Re: Republican anger grows as Trump disavows Kurds by saying they didn't help during WWII
Reply #4 - Oct 10th, 2019 at 9:55am
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Someone please remind me of when any of the Drumpf family fought for the USA in WWII...

Chances are, being that the family originally hailed from Germany, some of his relatives were Nazis and fought against America. Lord knows that appears to be what Donny is doing today.
  

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Re: Republican anger grows as Trump disavows Kurds by saying they didn't help during WWII
Reply #5 - Oct 10th, 2019 at 10:06am
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It matters nothing that Turkey is a NATO ally I guess.

NATO is so irrelevant.

Amirite Dems?

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Re: Republican anger grows as Trump disavows Kurds by saying they didn't help during WWII
Reply #6 - Oct 10th, 2019 at 10:42am
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forgotten centrist wrote on Oct 10th, 2019 at 9:24am:
We were allied with the kurds for as long as we shared a common enemy... We like them, sure, but not enough to alter our other trump financial geopolitical interests.

Which is historically the case with U.S. relations with the Kurds:

https://theintercept.com/2019/10/07/kurds-syria-turkey-trump-betrayal/

https://original.antiwar.com/ted_snider/2018/02/01/america-kurds-history-pawn-ga...

And other non-state actors.
  
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Re: Republican anger grows as Trump disavows Kurds by saying they didn't help during WWII
Reply #7 - Oct 10th, 2019 at 10:45am
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"Partnering with the Syrian Kurds is the dumbest idea in the world" - Lindsey Graham, 2016

"We need to side with the Syrian Kurds over our NATO ally!" - Lindsey Graham and all Democrats 2019.

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How soon we forget....

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Re: Republican anger grows as Trump disavows Kurds by saying they didn't help during WWII
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Demos wrote on Oct 10th, 2019 at 10:42am:


The US backed "non-state actors" fighting against the soviet invaders in Afghanistan.  (We called them freedom fighters back then.)  When the soviets pulled out, we abandoned them, leading ultimately to the taliban and their hosting of al qaeda.
  

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