President Trump’s acquiescence to Turkey’s move to send troops
deep inside Syrian territory has in only one week’s time turned
into a bloody carnage, forced the abandonment of a successful
five-year-long American project to keep the peace on a volatile
border, and given an unanticipated victory to four American
adversaries: Russia, Iran, the Syrian government and the
Rarely has a presidential decision resulted so immediately in what
his own party leaders have described as disastrous consequences
for American allies and interests. How this decision happened —
springing from an “off-script moment” with President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan of Turkey, in the generous description of a senior
American diplomat — likely will be debated for years by
historians, Middle East experts and conspiracy theorists.
But this much already is clear: Mr. Trump ignored months of
warnings from his advisers about what calamities likely would
ensue if he followed his instincts to pull back from Syria and
abandon America’s longtime allies, the Kurds. He had no Plan B,
other than to leave. The only surprise is how swiftly it all
collapsed around the president and his depleted, inexperienced
foreign policy team.
I’m starting to think this guy is a terrible president.