President Donald Trump won a stunning – if perhaps a bit unconventional – victory yesterday. Trump dispatched Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Turkey to get an agreement to bring about peace in the region and stabilize the situation, where Kurdish allies of the United States were fighting permanent US-NATO ally Turkey.
Turkey’s President, Erdogan, is not a good person. There’s been plenty written about him so I won’t go into that. But Turkey is an important NATO ally and controls access to the Mediterranean sea from Russia, making them an important player in the area.
Trump said he had grown weary of continuing to keep U.S. forces in Syria, and ordered them to withdraw. Some say this gave Turkey the permission they needed to invade and start to clean out the area of Kurdish forces, who they oppose. Trump says it simply forced the issue to the top and made everyone come to the table and make a deal. The Kurds are US allies in the fight against ISIS.
“Sometimes you have to let them fight a little while… right? Sometimes you have to let them fight. It’s like two kids in a lot, you got to let them fought and then you pull them apart,” said Trump.
One unnamed critic said the ceasefire, which gives Kurdish forces 120 hours to leave the area near the Turkish border that is in dispute, is “validating what Turkey did and allowing them to annex a portion of Syria and displace the Kurdish population.”
This is a high-stakes move, and no one knows for sure how it will end. But one thing is certain: a few days of relative peace is a good thing. Trump – and all Americans – should hope that it works and there is continued peace in the Turkish border region of Syria.
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