(December 25, 2018 / Gatestone Institute)
- How interesting that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called Turkey and the United States “strategic partners” when he has repeatedly stated that Turkish campaigns in northern Syria are aimed at eliminating U.S.-backed Kurdish groups. Erdoğan referred to these groups as “terrorists” whom Turkey is “burying in the wells that they have dug.”
- On Dec. 20, Erdoğan held a joint press conference with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in which Erdoğan announced that Ankara is siding with Tehran against Washington.
- U.S. President Donald Trump said Turkey “should be able to easily take care of whatever remains” of ISIS in Syria. But Turkey did not bomb or invade Syrian or Iraqi territories when ISIS invaded and took over those lands. In fact, ISIS members and supporters have been operating in Turkey, and the Turkish government has at times treated those who expose ISIS activities more harshly than ISIS supporters themselves.
- The U.S. withdrawal will end up costing Americans far more in blood and treasure down the line than the small but deterrent footprint there now. The damage a withdrawal will do at this time is inestimable and will go down in history as Trump’s legacy, just as Neville Chamberlain’s is the bogus deal Hitler dangled in front of him. It would have been so much less costly in blood and treasure to defeat Hitler before he crossed the Rhine. How ironic it would be if Trump were to go down in history as one of those “losers” he so detests.
- Read article at Gatestone.