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Putting Country First

Editor, News-Register:

President Donald Trump cited his “great and unmatched wisdom” — the actual words he used in describing his recent order for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria. The troops had been in support of our loyal allies, the Kurds, as members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who have played a key role in the battle against our sworn enemy, ISIS. Neighboring Turkey has launched an all-out military offensive againt our allies in combat, the Kurds, which has already produced very troubling and catastrophic results.

This, reportedly, was a result of a telephone conversation in which President Trump informed the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, of his intention, to which the Turkish president revealed his plans to “roll back” the Syrian Democratic Forces.

Reportedly, that plan was not met by an objection from President Trump. Keep in mind that President Trump owns considerable property in Turkey, which may have influenced his decision, as well.

President Trump, incredibly and inaccurately, stated that U.S. troops would be pulled from the region as their enemy, ISIS, had been “thoroughly defeated,” which, although such military actions over the years have been quite successful, is simply not factually accurate.

It is reported that ISIS in the area maintains a force in excess of 18,000, with approximately 11,000 additional ISIS fighters currently being held in SDF detention camps. They would be once again at large when released by the Turkish invaders. To that, President Trump reportedly and astonishingly stated that if/when they were released, the ISIS combatants “would not be a threat to the U.S., but would most probably journey to Europe.

President Trump’s aforementioned decision, and his words and actions of disregard and disrespect of our loyal allies, generated a verbal response from the SDF, calling the Trump decision “a stake in the heart.”

On the home front, this recent Trump action has been nearly universally decried by both political parties, including many Republicans, many of whom appear to have become merely Trump advocates but who have spoken out in strong objection that could well have catastrophic and long-term negative consequences. Critics have included Trump loyalist Sen. Lindsay Graham (Republican, South Carolina), who stated that President Trump has “shamelessly abandoned the Kurds and ensure the re-emergence of ISIS.”

It is rather refreshing and somewhat encouraging that, at least in this matter, Republicans appear to be willing to prioritize country over party.

Richard Hord

Martins Ferry

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