Americans have often been labeled by the rest of the world as insensitive. A president who sees only sand, s**t-hole countries and oil personifies that ugly image.
Two weeks ago, without warning and against the advice of his most experienced military and security advisors, President Donald Trump ordered American troops to turn their backs on Kurdish allies who had sacrificed thousands of lives to break ISIS’ territorial hold in Syria.
On Saturday, U.S. forces killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the notorious leader of ISIS. Ironically, the Kurds supported U.S. efforts in spite of being kicked to the curb, and in spite of the raid having been made more problematic and dangerous by Trump’s pull-out of American troops.
Trump’s only mention of the Kurds in his public announcement was to tell them to move near northern Syrian oil fields, where U.S. forces will remain, if they wanted protection.
Trump takes pride in his ignorance about history and international affairs.
As he tried to cover for a cavalier and disastrous betrayal of America’s Kurdish allies and bragged about killing terrorists, Trump dismissed Syria as worthless.
“Got a lot of sand over there, so there’s a lot of sand that they can play with,” he had said. About a possible genocide of the Kurdish people by Turkey? “You just have to let them fight a little.”
Dismissing entire countries in this way is more than ugly. Americans are better than this.