‘Sometimes You Have to Let Them Fight’ Trump Says Turkey and the Kurds Had to Fight

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Speaking at a rally in Dallas, Texas on Thursday night, President Donald Trump praised the ceasefire agreement that was signed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan just hours earlier.

In the week since it was announced the United States would withdraw its forces from northern Syria, opening the door for Turkey to assault Syrian Kurdish forces, Trump has been accused of betraying a longtime U.S. ally.

On Thursday, Trump tried to put a different spin on the situation by claiming that it was part of a larger plan to negotiate a peace deal between Turkey and the Kurdish forces:

“It was unconventional what I did, I said ‘They’re going to have to fight a little while.’ Then people find out how tough the fighting is… Sometimes you have to let them fight, like two kids in a lot. You have to let them fight, and then you pull them apart.”

Trump continued to say that after more than a decade of conflict between Turkey and the Kurds, there was only one way to make a deal:

“And for fifteen, think of it, for fifteen years, twenty years, they couldn’t make a deal. The Kurds didn’t want to move. Turkey didn’t want to budge. And Turkey was having a lot of bad things happen from this region — in all fairness to Turkey. Now all of a sudden they’re fighting and it’s not fun having bullets going all over the place.”

After a week of fighting, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Turkey to negotiate a ceasefire. At the rally, Trump praised the Kurds and Turkey:

“And we went there and we said ‘We want a pause.’ And the Kurds have been terrific, they’re going to move back a little bit.  We’re going to keep ISIS all nice and locked up, okay, we’re going to find more of them. And Turkey’s all set.”

The agreement secured by Pence and Pompeo dictates that Turkey suspends its military campaign for five days to allow Kurdish forces to leave a 20-mile wide strip on the Syrian-Turkish border to create a buffer between Turkey and the Kurds.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) panned the deal in a joint statement calling it a “sham ceasefire”:

“The President’s decision to reverse sanctions against Turkey for brutally attacking our Kurdish partners in exchange for a sham ceasefire seriously undermines the credibility of America’s foreign policy and sends a dangerous message to our allies and adversaries alike that our word cannot be trusted.”

Reuters reported that despite the ceasefire there was still on-going fighting on the Syrian-Turkish border.

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General Confusion
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“We secured to oil. Keep the oil.” King Donald The Loser

He is NOT confused here. This is why we, the U.S. is in the Middle East. It’s the money, stupid!

Paul
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This is not little fight by kids in a schoolyard. If he thinks this, he just reaffirms what many in America believe him to be. For one who has publicly disowned his youngest son, he wouldn’t know a schoolyard scuffle if they kicked him in the knee.

Screwtape
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So….why aren’t the Greenies cheering this? After all humans and cows are responsible for destroying the planet (by their flawed logic). Less humans should be a good thing (thanks Martha Stewart) by their reckoning.

Why are they NOT encouraging a nuclear war? Nuclear winter will cure all the ills their cult claims are caused by warming. Their arguments, logic, and resolve are …… lacking. But that’s how cults work (or not).

Joey
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Joey

The democrats are suddenly so moral when it comes to Syria and what is going on there, but when Obama drew the red line and then backed off, where were they then? This has nothing to do with Kurds with them, it has every thing to do with politics. The hate from the democrats in Congress is so strong that they would rather destroy this country than do what is necessary for the good of the country. Why would I vote for any democrat in congress running for president when they haven’t lived up to their oath of office?

Norman Schain
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Trump has no understanding of the situation. This is not a fight between two kids in a schoolyard. It is ethnic cleansing with thousands of people forcibly removed and killed by brutal means banned by UN conventions.

Screwtape
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No. The Kurds are NOT a monolithic group, q.v America.

The PPK, an aggressive Socialist group that has engaged in terrorism against Turkey should not be supported.

On the other hand, to sit by while the Turks, a historically oppressive and genocidal state, q.v. the Armenians, attack the Kurds is like sitting by and watching the Hollocaust. That’s a historic tragedy as well.

william jackson
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I don’t get that

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