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Mon Oct 14, 2019, 09:55 PM

David Ignatius: For U.S. soldiers, 'it's a dagger to the heart' to abandon the Kurds

Source: Washington Post

For U.S. soldiers, ‘it’s a dagger to the heart’ to abandon the Kurds

By David Ignatius
Columnist
Oct. 14, 2019 at 7:26 p.m. EDT

At a gathering last Saturday night of military and intelligence veterans, one topic shrouded the room: President Trump’s decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria who had fought and died to help America destroy the Islamic State.

“It’s a dagger to the heart to walk away from people who shed blood for us,” one former top CIA official who attended the black-tie dinner told me later. A retired four-star general who was there said the same thing: Trump’s retreat was an “unsound, morally indefensible act” and a “disgrace” to America and the soldiers who serve this country.

This sense of anguish was pervasive among those attending the event, several attendees said. It was an annual dinner honoring the Office of Strategic Services, the secret World War II commando group that was a forerunner of today’s CIA and Special Operations forces. The event celebrated the military alliances that have always been at the center of American power. It was a bitter anniversary this year.

It’s probably impossible for Americans to fully grasp the sense of betrayal felt by the Syrian Kurds, who suffered 11,000 dead and 24,000 wounded in a war that we asked them to fight. But perhaps we can understand the shame and outrage of the Special Operations forces who fought alongside them and now see the Kurds cast aside to face their Turkish enemies alone.

“It will go down in infamy,” said one Army officer who served in the Syria campaign. “This will go down as a stain on the American reputation for decades.” Those may sound like extreme sentiments, but they’re widely shared by those who served in the Syria mission. For these soldiers, abandoning an ally on the battlefield is about the worst thing that can happen.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Oct 14, 2019, 10:05 PM

1. You never abandon comrades in arms

And wounded or dead you carry them out

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Response to TexasProgresive (Reply #1)

Mon Oct 14, 2019, 10:09 PM

2. Amen, brother.

Makes me wonder how the orange-faced shitgibbon sleeps at night. Oh yeah. He’s a conservanazi POS so he probably uses lots of dope.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 04:15 PM

4. Will they still vote for Trump again?

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