American values betrayed: How selling out allies leads to selling out USA

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Opinion

October 22, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan receives U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in Ankara, Turkey on Thursday.

As if betraying the Kurds once wasn’t enough, Donald Trump went back for more, dispatching Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to craft a sham ceasefire between invading Turkey and besieged Kurds in northern Syria. It was a face-saving measure cobbled together in the face of fierce bipartisan criticism of Trump for giving Turkish President Recep Erdogan the green light to attack Kurdish fighters.

The new deal gave Turkey everything it wanted: control of the border and Kurds running for their lives. Their ultimate destination after fighting at America’s side to help kill, imprison and evict ISIS? The American president could not care less, because he cheers taking “control of the oil in the Middle East.”

It’s foreign policy driven not by any fealty to American values, but by mercenary selfishness sprinkled with a hint of odious appreciation for autocrats.

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