There is no question in the mind of anyone rational, that Donald Trump’s abandonment of the Kurds is a pro-Russia move, or an Al Assad move — same difference, they’re both dictators — since the Kurds control 65 to 70% of Syria’s oil reserves. H.R. McMaster bottom lines it. Politico:
“Guess who wants that really badly?” he asked. “Vladimir Putin and the Assad regime. Once you cede control there, you cede influence over what does a post-civil war Syria look
President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. commandos out of northern Syria ahead of Turkey’s incursion will further destabilize the Middle East and empower Russia, his former National Security Adviser, H.R. McMaster, warned Thursday.
“Our forces there served as a useful means of preventing what we see now, which is a Turkish-Kurdish civil war that has profound political as well as humanitarian consequences,” the retired Army lieutenant general said at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
McMaster says that there is the potential now for no less than four simultaneous crises, to wit, 1) the Kurdish-Turkish conflict, which has escalated 2) an “intensifying Syrian civil war,” 3) More upheaval in Iraq, and last but certainly not least 4) the Iranian threat to Israel. The last one is particularly interesting since Trump is so pro-Netanyahu. And Netanyahu is not happy with this. Reuters:
In a tweet on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed solidarity with the Kurds, although he did not mention Trump’s decision to withhold protection for them.
“Israel strongly condemns the Turkish invasion of the Kurdish areas in Syria and warns against the ethnic cleansing of the Kurds by Turkey and its proxies,” Netanyahu wrote. “Israel is prepared to extend humanitarian assistance to the gallant Kurdish people.”
Trump’s Syria about-face was the latest in recent steps that have stirred discomfort within Netanyahu’s conservative cabinet, which had previously seen itself and the Trump administration as marching in lock-step.
In a speech on Thursday, Netanyahu stressed Israel’s self-sufficiency – a change of tone from his promotion in two election campaigns this year of his personal rapport with Trump and of a proposed Israeli-U.S. defense treaty.
“We very much appreciate the important U.S. backing, which has only increased greatly in recent years (but) we always remember and apply the basic rule that guides us: Israel will defend itself, by itself, against any threat,” Netanyahu said.
This is what Trump hath wrought. And while it used to be a laughable notion that Jared Kushner was somehow going to better the best diplomatic minds of the past fifty years and solve the complex issues in the Middle East, now it is merely a pathetic and insulting one, underscoring the total ineptitude of this fiasco of an administration, and emphasizing how tragically we have fallen as a world power in the past three years.
Let’s see what Lindsey Graham does about this, if anything. He’s making noise about stopping this, while the rest of Trump’s GOP enablers just sit still like deer looking frozen into the headlights as disaster hurtles onward. This may not be America’s darkest hour, but it’s pretty damned dim.