President Trump said on Thursday Oct. 10 that he wishes to mediate between Turkey and the Kurdish people, after Turkey attacked U.S.-allied Kurds in northeast Syria even amid Democrats’ efforts on impeachment and the betrayal of certain GOP supporters in the House.
“We have one of three choices: Send in thousands of troops and win Militarily, hit Turkey very hard Financially and with Sanctions, or mediate a deal between Turkey and the Kurds!” Trump said, after pulling U.S. troops out of the area before the Turkish attack, Reuters reported.
“I hope we can mediate,” Trump added, stressing, “Turkey knows where I stand.”
“We are going to possibly do something very very tough with respect to sanctions,” Trump said on Thursday.
Alex Conant, former communications director for Democratic Sen. Marco Rubio’s 2016 presidential campaign, believes that Trump is in a difficult position as he is caught in the crossfire between the impeachment inquiry and divisiveness of the GOP on withdrawing troops from Syria.
“This is now being exaggerated at the worst possible moment for him,” Conant said. “He’s now facing two battles: one with House Democrats on the impeachment issue and the other with Senate Republicans on the Syria issue. Both are full-time jobs. And neither leaves him much room to maneuver.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) stood firm against Lindsey Graham and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as they opposed the president’s decision on Syria, calling them out for being part of a “neocon War Caucus.”
“I know this [Donald Trump] is the first President in my lifetime to understand what is our national interest and what is not. He is stopping the endless wars and we will be stronger as a result,” Paul said. “The Cheney/Graham Neocon War Caucus has cost us too much fighting endless wars.”
Washington Times contributor Charles Hurt made it clear in an analysis that “American voters still are supposed to be in charge.”
“That means they get to decide who gets elected,” Hurt said. “It also means that American voters get to choose where our soldiers, sailors, and airmen get deployed around the world. They choose that by electing ‘representatives’ to Congress, who vote to declare wars. They also get to choose the commander in chief of America’s mighty military.”
Hurt lamented today’s political climate as he went on to explain the irony behind “helping kill people” that is disguised as a “peacekeeping” mission.
“Therein lies the great political sickness of our time,” Hurt grieved in writing. “American voters of every stripe are nearly unified against U.S. involvement in these endless wars in places like Syria at the very same moment when American politicians in Washington of every stripe are nearly unified in favor of same said wars.”
“The disconnect between voters back home and politicians in Washington is cavernous. Mr. Trump is one of the only politicians to hear the voice of the people and obey it,” Hurt wrote.