This is a column in my paper today. I have been reading her columns for years, she is very knowledgeable about the complexities of the Middle East. She was harsh on Barack Obama. She is no partisan. Among her points:
"The president has spouted uninformed, untrue nonsense about the Kurds, about Syria and Turkey, about the role of the U.S. military or the strategic consequences of his sudden retreat from Syria.
This disconnect from reality makes him easy prey for autocrats, whom he prefers to American allies. He accepted at face value the lies fed him by Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as he’s accepted lies from Vladimir Putin.
In a masterpiece of self-delusion, as Kurds fled for their lives from Turkish attack, Trump crowed, in Texas: “It’s a great day for the Kurds. Great day for civilization.” And praised Erdogan as “a hell of a leader.” He’ll lead America into more overseas debacles given the chance."
I mean, every day we point out the abject idiocy of this man. The constant lying. The disconnect from reality. The damage that comes from this is real.
Another example she gives:
" Who are the Syrian Kurds? The president has defamed our Kurdish allies as “terrorists” and “communists” and “no angels.” This is clearly language fed to him by Erdogan. If Trump had listened to military briefers, he’d know that the U.S. military considers Kurdish fighters to be important allies, not terrorists (even though they were an offshoot of the Turkish Kurdish rebel group, the PKK, many years ago)."
Come on. Why doesn’t this kind of ■■■■■■■■■ bother some people? It’s beyond deplorable. It’s dangerous. Sometimes abject ignorance becomes a threat, a danger.
This author always writes thoughtful, measured, even boring columns about Middle East foreign policy. But here she writes this:
“The president’s disconnect from reality is deeply troubling to the U.S. military. It was humiliating for them to retreat in such a rushed fashion, having to bomb their headquarters so Russian or Syrian troops wouldn’t seize their weapons. Russian TV is full of jokes about America’s precipitous flight.”
“Given Trump’s disconnect from reality, the sooner he is gone from the Oval Office the better, before he inflicts more foreign policy wounds.”
Sure, it’s funny and dumb when President Lynched says stupid things. But it makes me sad, the damage he’s doing, purely out of ignorance. And we all just limply shrug, and look away.