On a confused battlefield, the U.S. intervened to stop some Syrian and Russian forces advancing into the region to support the Kurds sparking fears of dangerous flash points.
Forsaken by the U.S. and under attack by Turkish troops, the Kurds are turning to Russia for help. The last time they tried to do so, the Americans worked to talk them out of it.
“I’m not prepared to put a timeline on it,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said.
MORE SEVERE PUNISHMENT
Trump broke something in them, something deep and fundamental. He numbed not only their prior commitment to conservative principles but even their very instinct for survival.
“I don’t know what the tactical rationale for this is,” says a former Pentagon official as Turkey assaults the Kurds whom the U.S. used to attack ISIS.
11th HOUR ALLY
While Trump rips the Kurds because "they didn't help us with Normandy,” he doesn't know or care about the active damage the Turks were doing to the Allies.
DONALD J. SUBSERVIENT
Trump tried to keep his talks with Putin at Helsinki last year secret from his staff and the world, but Russia's president held up the checklist for the cameras. Syria was on it.