THE TRUMP DOCTRINE: Appeasing Tyrants, Freeing terrorists and Endangering Allies to Achieve Maximum Chaos in a Post-Diplomacy World

When Donald Trump announced last week that, at the request of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, he would be pulling back American troops stationed in Syria, everyone knew exactly what would happen. We knew that our allies, the Kurds, would be wiped out by the Turks. And that’s exactly what’s happening right now.

Richard Engel, from NBC News, reported yesterday that Turkish-backed Arab militias had apparently started executing Kurds. And, today, we’re starting to see footage of the ethnic cleansing campaign… Dead children. People being ambushed and murdered in cold blood… I was tempted to share photos, as I think everyone should see what we’ve allowed to happen in our names as Americans, but, out of respect for the dead, I’ll leave it to you to search on-line. If you’re so inclined, though, I’d encourage you to look for images of Havrin Khalaf, the General Secretary of the Syria Future Party, who was murdered yesterday in an ambush by jihadi mercenaries in the employ of Turkey. The car of the civil rights leader was attacked in Ahrar as-Sharqiya on the M4 road near Qamishli.

That, in itself, should be enough, I would hope, to get most Americans to stand behind Senator Schumer tomorrow, when he demands a Senate vote to reject Trump’s reckless and shortsighted troop withdrawal. But, it’s not just that Trump, for whatever reason, has decided to forgo the counsel of foreign policy experts, and remove U.S. troops so that our allies can be killed. In doing so, he’s also making us less save here at home. As Schumer said in his press conference this morning, Donald Trump “(is) undoing years of work to curb ISIS, and making America much more susceptible to terrorism by his actions.” And, here, with more on that, is a excerpt from today’s New York Times story about how Trump’s hasty withdrawal of U.S. troops led to the escape of several hundred imprisoned ISIS combatants and sympathizers.

But, fear not, America. Donald Trump says that they’ll be killing our allies, and not us… “They’re going to be escaping to Europe,” not the U.S., he told members of the press yesterday.

For those of you who still aren’t convinced, Stephen Miller says that these escaped ISIS terrorists can’t hurt us as our border is impenetrable.

[In related news, here’s footage of teenage girls scaling Trump’s new, magical border fence in 15 seconds.]

I could go on and on, but I think you get the point… We are in a very bad place as a nation, and things are rapidly getting worse. Donald Trump has made it his mission to acquiesce to every dictator and strongman in the word, putting aside any consideration for the wellbeing of our allies, the safety of our citizens, or the strategic interests of the United States. If we’re lucky enough to live through this, it’s going to take generations to reconstruct our democratic institutions, as our State Department has been gutted, and our Department of Justice turned into an extension Trump crime syndicate. Our credibility as a nation is gone. Our allies are in disarray. And authoritarianism is on the rise across the globe. Donald Trump has done in three short years what Nazi Germany and the USSR could not. He’s almost brought the ambitious American experiment to an end.

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  1. Buttigieg on Syria
    Posted October 13, 2019 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Buttigieg on Syria: “I’m hearing from soldiers who feel they have lost their honor over this, who feel they are unable to look allies in the eye. If you take away a soldier’s honor, you might as well go after their body armor next.”

  2. Kyle Griffin by proxy
    Posted October 13, 2019 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    According to the pool report, Trump has arrived at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, VA.

    This is Trump’s 237th day at a Trump golf club and 310th day at a Trump property as president.

  3. Sad
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 6:35 am | Permalink

    There is only one democratic front runner who served in the military.

    And only one who worked in the business world.

    And only one who ran a large organization.

    Make sure you tune in tomorrow night to cheer them on.

  4. Demetrius
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    This is what happens when you have a president who neither understands, nor cares to learn about complex geopolitical situations, and who no longer has anyone left around him to explain or advise otherwise.

    Essentially, what is now left of American”foreign policy” is a series of random tweets that are based on whatever mood Trump is in today and/or whichever world leader he as talked with most recently.

    Nevermind that we are steadily destroying hard-won alliances took decades to build, and *literally* inciting genocide …

    America First, baby!! Whoo-hooo!

  5. iRobert
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    I can hardly stand it, America is becoming so great again.

  6. EOS
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    Unless we want to fight Iran and Russia in Syria, on their terms, the withdrawal of our support for the Kurds is necessary. It’s a shame prior administrations didn’t have the foresight to see the consequences of their alliance. Trump is smart enough not to get drawn into WW3 at this time and in this place.

  7. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    I’d rather we had gone with Hillary’s WWIII promise. We could have proven once and for all anything that men can do women can do better.

  8. Jean Henry
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    SAD– What large organization did Mayor Pete run?

  9. Jean Henry
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Sounds like Syria has aligned with the Kurds and is now going after Turkey, a NATO ally, with potential aid of Russia. What a hot mess.

  10. Jean Henry
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 10:08 am | Permalink

  11. Elviscostello
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    EOS, so genocide is okay? Hands off those crazies and let them “sort it out” no matter how many die?

  12. EOS
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    No, but our involvement would cause many more to die, and there is no clear exit strategy. How long do you think is appropriate for Americans and Kurds to sacrifice their lives to disrupt a sovereign nation (Syria)? Is it a just war to overthrow Assad? And if we do, should we install a puppet to our liking? Who? How long would that last? And would our continued involvement make us friends in the Middle East or further entrench those who hate us?

  13. Anonymous
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Lindsey Graham found the one subject he could stand up to Trump on.

    “Just spoke with Speaker Pelosi regarding congressional action on Turkey’s incursion of Syria. Speaker supports bipartisan sanctions against Turkey’s outrages in Syria. She also believes we should show support for Kurdish allies and is concerned about the reemergence of ISIS.”

  14. Michael McFaul by proxy
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Trump can’t have it both ways. He can’t argue that he wants to bring our heroes home from Syria but then send more of these heroes to Saudi Arabia (just because Saudis paid for their services).

  15. iRobert
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    EOS, so you’re breaking with Pat Robertson and other Christian leaders on this?

  16. iRobert
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    No matter how impulsive and stupid Trump acts, we can all rest assured knowing Hillary would have been worse. It’s comforting.

  17. Satan
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Leave EOS alone, iRobert.

  18. Jean Henry
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    ^^ Bwahahaha! ^^

  19. Jean Henry
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    “No matter how impulsive and stupid Trump acts, we can all rest assured knowing Hillary would have been worse. It’s comforting.” — is that sarcastic iRobert??? Hard to tell lately.

  20. iRobert
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Have you seen any good deepfake porn, Jean?

    Sad is hoping for some Mayor Pete stuff to get produced.

  21. EOS
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Family Research Council is supporting the Graham-Van Hollen Turkey Sanctions Bill:

    In the wake of the Syrian civil war, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), important allies in the United States’ fight against ISIS, established the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. Under this government, minorities often overlooked in the Middle East (including Christians, Yazidis, and Kurds) all found protection and political representation and lived together in peace. Even Christian converts from Muslim backgrounds could live freely, something almost unheard of in the region.

    All of this is at risk as Turkey invades Northeast Syria, following President Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from the Turkish-Syrian border. Turkish troops are reportedly targeting civilian areas in Syria, including Christian populations – and appear to have fired upon U.S. troops. The organization Genocide Watch has concluded that “Turkey is planning genocide and crimes against humanity in Northeastern Syria.” In addition, the destabilization resulting from Turkey’s actions will pave the way for Iran to move in, posing a grave threat to Israel and other U.S. allies in the Gulf region.

    We must respond with support for Northeast Syria, along with the religious freedom and Christian communities it is protecting. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) are planning to introduce the Graham-Van Hollen Turkey Sanctions Bill, which will prohibit U.S. military assistance to Turkey, put visa restrictions on Turkish officials and sanction their U.S. assets, and sanction others supporting the Turkish military and energy sectors.

    This is a needed step that has strong bipartisan support and will let Turkey – the same country that imprisoned Pastor Andrew Brunson – know that its repression and disregard for religious freedom in Northeast Syria will not be without consequences. This bill is also a good vehicle for President Trump to respond to Turkish aggression.

    Please join us in signing our petition asking President Trump to utilize Graham-Van Hollen Turkey Sanctions Bill to penalize Turkey and stand in defense of the Kurds, Christians, Yazidis, and others seeking religious freedom in Northeast Syria.
    Standing (Eph. 6:13),

    Tony Perkins is a strong Christian leader who doesn’t support indiscriminate killing. Pat Robertson doesn’t speak for all Christians (and neither does the Pope).

  22. iRobert
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    So, EOS, you don’t have anything to say about Trump’s sudden and unpopular decision to pull US forces out?

    Is Trump sort of like the weather to you – something that just happens and nobody can really do anything about, except accommodate?

  23. iRobert
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    By the way, can I get you to do a welfare check on FF and HW. I’m worried about them.

  24. iRobert
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    I’m sorry I asked you that question, EOS. I know it puts you in danger. After all, if you were to go against the president you’d be a traitor, and you know how he feels traitors should be dealt with.

  25. Satan
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    iRobert, you know I could give you some comic material in exchange for your soul. Though your particular soul would probably only fetch some Carrot-Top level stuff.

  26. EOS
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Sorry iRobert,

    Why would I oppose Trump? Do you think I’m a neocon? Who would want their sons and daughters to be used as a tripwire in centuries old religious conflicts? How does our participation benefit anyone?

  27. iRobert
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    You know, EOS, Trump could have let intelligent people devise an exit plan, rather than order troops out without any planning, preparation or strategy.

    I understand your fear of even mentioning such things though, what with all the labeling of folks who openly speak of normal, sane ways of doing things as traitors and such.

  28. iRobert
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    If you want out of the cult, blink your eyes to spell out “H-E-L-P” in Morris code.

  29. iRobert
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Maybe this would be a good moment for someone to explain to Trump that he has an entire state department at his disposal. He can call meetings and stuff, and have people who know things come up with plans and shit. He doesn’t have to base all his actions as president on impulses e has while throwing tantrums.

    Come to think of it, maybe it wasn’t such a great idea to have a mentally and emotionally retarded person installed as President. Who could have seen this coming? Well, I guess we live and learn.

  30. iRobert
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    Does anyone here have an extra room where EOS can stay while he hides from all the other EOSs which would want to have him executed for treason? I would but I’m using my extra room for storage right now.

    There must be someone among the MM commenters who can sympathize with EOS’s plight. You all see how scared he is even to mention Trump’s obvious fuck-up. Please, someone must be able to help. We can’t let him continue to live like a caged animal.

  31. EOS
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    Get a grip iRobert. You’ve had nearly 3 years to get hold of your emotions after the elections. Yes, it was a surprise to those like you who are imbedded in the MSM delusion. But I worry that you’ll never recover when Trump gets re-elected.

    Try reading the WSJ occasionally, watch Tucker’s monologue. Try consuming the truth in small pieces initially and work up to longer intervals. Get off that bandwagon and think for yourself.

  32. iRobert
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    I understand that someone is likely watching what you type here over your shoulder, so I’ll wait ‘til you get a chance alone to type a plea here for help.

    We’ll set up a safe house for you where none of the other EOSs can find you. You’ll be safe then, and can talk about what a fuckup Trump is. Stay strong.

    Jean, do you have an extra room at your place? I’ll have to ask you to first hand over all the sharp objects in your house before you take EOS in though. You understand.

  33. iRobert
    Posted October 14, 2019 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    For the record, EOS, I was just as much of an asshole before Trump got elected – maybe even more of one. You know that.

    You’ve heard of Aspergers. I have Jackasspergers.

  34. iRobert
    Posted October 16, 2019 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Trump has delivered what Russia wants in Syria — at zero cost — and ‘Putin likely can’t believe his luck’

    (From the Business Insider)

  35. Posted October 16, 2019 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    Trump causes havoc as aides scramble to clean up Syria mess

    (From: Politico)

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