U.S. leaves an ally vulnerable to attack and emboldens extremists in Middle East
The Kurds in Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey have been trying to establish a homeland station (and declare their independence) for a very long time. They have done so with their blood as a persecuted minority for as long as I can recall.
Their losses have come at the direction of people such as Ayatollah Khomeini, Bashar al-Assad and Saddam Hussein and their successors. Kurdish forces have fought alongside our service members and died supporting our interests in the Middle East for decades.
But now we have decided to desert them and leave them to the mercy of people who despise the United States and work to undermine us throughout the region. In the process, Islamic State in Syria (ISIS) fighters may be turned loose to attack everything “Western” in the region and beyond.
In other words, Islamic extremists may be on the verge of getting another opportunity to wreak havoc on us and our dwindling “fan base” in the area adjacent to the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sean and the Eastern Mediterranean.
Who is determining U.S. foreign policy as we near 2020?