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Trump hands the Kurds to Turkey. Beware, GOP lackeys: He'll abandon you too.

By Rex Huppke, Tribune Content Agency on

Republican lawmakers who dutifully excuse each and every one of President Donald Trump's whack-a-doodle decisions, tweets or out-loud admissions of wrongdoing should pay attention to what the man just did to the Syrian Kurds.

Trump supporters who've bought into the cult of personality and sunk hard-earned money into "Make America Great Again" swag and campaign donations should pay attention as well.

What Trump just did to the Syrian Kurds he will do to all of you as well.

On Sunday night, the White House released a statement saying that U.S. troops will pull out of northern Syria, opening the door for Turkish forces to attack Syrian Kurds who have been instrumental in fighting against the Islamic State.

In a nutshell: The Kurds, with U.S. encouragement and support, bravely beat down the Islamic State in northern Syria; they hold many Islamic State fighters and their families imprisoned in the region; U.S. officials trying to broker peace between the Kurds and neighboring Turkey recently convinced the Kurds to scale back some of their defenses along the Turkish border; and now that the Kurds' defenses are down, the American president has told Turkey to go ahead and attack.

With Trump's unexpected decision, the rug has been pulled out from under the Kurds and Turkish forces are expected to launch an attack as early as Monday.


That is, as the Kurds and even many of President Trump's staunchest GOP supporters are calling it, a betrayal.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who spends most of his time telling Trump he's the smartest, most-handsome, greatest-golf-playing president of all time, tweeted Monday that it will "be a stain on America's honor for abandoning the Kurds."

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who routinely debases himself at the altar of Trump, tweeted: "We degraded ISIS using Kurd's as the ground force. Now we have abandoned them & they face annihilation at the hands of the Turkish military."

How did this decision, which faces bipartisan condemnation, come about? There was a Sunday night phone call between Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


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