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Fri Oct 18, 2019, 11:40 AM

Trump Gives Turkey Exactly What It Wants, Claims Victory

Trump has a preferred approach to international diplomacy: Step 1. Turn a long-running problem into an acute crisis with his rhetoric. Step 2. Strike a deal that ends the crisis he caused but not the underlying problem. Step 3. Claim victory for solving the problem.

The most high-profile example of this was Trump’s summitry with Kim Jong-un. Trump and Kim’s “deal” reduced the risk of war with North Korea, but that risk was mainly present because Trump had continually threatened to go to war with North Korea, and now he doesn’t. Kim won a diplomatic victory and didn’t even have to give up his nuclear weapons.

The administration’s just-announced ceasefire deal with Turkey follows a similar pattern, but the actual deal may be even worse in this case.

Under the deal reached by Vice President Mike Pence and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday in Ankara, Turkey has agreed to pause its military operation in northern Syria for five days to “allow for the withdrawal of the YPG”—the previously U.S.-allied Kurdish militia that was previously in control of the area—from a safe zone running 20 miles south of the Turkish-Syrian border. The safe zone will be “primarily enforced by the Turkish Armed Forces.” The U.S., in turn, agreed to lift sanctions once the military offensive stops.

Turkey’s foreign minister was quick to reject the description of the deal as a “ceasefire,” saying it was only a “pause.” Nonetheless, Trump was quick to claim victory:



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Fri Oct 18, 2019, 02:51 PM

1. Never play chess with a pigeon...

It will knock down the pieces, crap all over the board and strut around like it won.

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