President Trump’s disgustingly cowardly move to withdraw U.S. forces from Northern Syria, effectively giving Turkey the green-light to execute its long lusted after invasion of the region, is already resulting in the deaths of innocent people.
Trump has betrayed our allies in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)—a group composed of Kurds and other historically persecuted ethnic groups—who have been bravely fighting ISIS with American support. These heroic people now find themselves staring down the tanks, jets, and bombs of the colossal Turkish military. We promised to stand by them and now they teeter upon the brink of slaughter.
The president has tried to defend his evil decision by claiming that he wants to save American tax dollars and lives, but even members of his own party have been criticizing his impulsive, disastrous move.
Now, the White House has released an incredibly tepid statement from President Trump on the Turkish invasion. It states that the United States “does not endorse” the attack. The claim is completely unconvincing, as Trump’s withdrawal was nothing if not a tacit encouragement for the bloodthirsty Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to do exactly what he’s doing right now.
Trump’s statement goes on to say that Turkey’s military campaign is a “bad idea,” which is perhaps the laziest, most craven description one could conjure up for the coming bloodshed. He could not make his apathy any clearer. The Kurds and their comrades face possible ethnic cleansing and the most Trump can muster up is to call it “bad.”
“From the first day I entered the political arena, I made it clear that I did not want to fight these endless, senseless wars—especially those that don’t benefit the United States,” the statement goes on to say.
Only Donald Trump could characterize defending the peoples who have fought and died for American interests in Syria as “senseless.” This betrayal of our allies will prove to be incredibly damaging to the United States. Going forward, people around the world will know America doesn’t stand by its promises and discards its friends on a whim. There will be no real reason for them to cooperate with us, let alone fight for us. This decision will echo for decades to come.
Trump’s statement ends by saying he believes that Turkey will protect civilians in the region, which is either extremely foolish or extremely dishonest. Turkey has a long history of brutalizing the Kurds especially, and civilians are often the ones who bear the brunt of the violence. Two are already confirmed dead from the incursion, but that number is sure to skyrocket as Turkey escalates its attacks.
There are even unconfirmed reports that Turkish forces are bombing prisons holding ISIS fighters in the hopes of loosing them and creating advantageous chaos in the region. Things are about to get very grim. This is a dark moment for Syria and a dark moment for the United States. Donald Trump will bear the responsibility of every death from here out. His hands are soaked with blood.
Trump statement released by WH says US thinks Turkey’s invasion of Syria is a “bad idea.” pic.twitter.com/0k0QIaZEiL
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 9, 2019
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.