Bipartisan Controversy Sparks Over Turkey
President Trump bore the front end of a two-pronged attack from Congress members on both sides of the aisle this week. The controversy erupted when Trump announced his decision to withdraw American troops from Syria to make way for Turkey’s new assault on ISIS. This move on its own sounds like a win-win scenario for the US until we factor the Kurds into the equation.
A Tale of Two Fronts
Kurdish militants have fought a war on all fronts for countless years. On the Syrian front, they fight ISIS with the support of American strikes and supplies. On the other side is the Kurds’ fight for independence from Turkey, who considers the Kurds insurgent terrorists.
There’s no easy answer to this problem, so a side must be chosen in the constant struggle to prevent ISIS from gaining a foothold anywhere in the world. Thus, Trump sided with NATO-member Turkey over the Kurds. The president claims that America isn’t abandoning the Kurds with this move to withdraw our forces from the region, but the results aren’t in their favor.
Turkey reportedly launched a strike against the Kurdish-led oppositionist forces in northeastern Syria after the US withdrawal.
Turkey’s Relationship With the US
Trump emphasized the importance of maintaining good relations with Turkey by pointing out the trade and manufacturing agreement we have with the troubled nation.
So many people conveniently forget that Turkey is a big trading partner of the United States, in fact they make the structural steel frame for our F-35 Fighter Jet. They have also been good to deal with, helping me to save many lives at Idlib Province, and returning, in very…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2019
President Trump also told the world that he’s not hesitant to hold back if Turkey tries any funny business during this tense situation.
As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!). They must, with Europe and others, watch over…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
Trump received criticism from the Left (as expected) and from many Republicans as well over his deal with Turkey. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who has historically been on Trump’s side on many issues, questioned the president’s recent decision. At the end of the day, the president believes this is the best course of action when it comes to taking down ISIS.
Our president seems to be in control of this situation, but the ball is in Turkey’s court now.
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