[ASI] Trump Makes Right Moves in the Middle East

December 22nd, 2018 at 3:00 pm EDT
Cliff Kincaid
America's Survival, Inc.

To ASI Supporters:

A month or so ago I was saying that Trump’s presidency was collapsing. But now, things are changing for the better.

The withdrawal from Syria and planned withdrawal from Afghanistan are long overdue.

PKK flags

This is a decisive break with Obama’s policy of arming the Democratic Union Party (PYD) -- a branch of the PKK -- supposedly to fight ISIS. The PKK, the Kurdish Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization also known as the Kurdistan Workers Party, has killed thousands of people in Turkey, and has bombed or attacked the country’s tourism industry, hospitals and businesses. The PYD is actually a close ally of the Syrian government. The PYD’s armed wing is known as People's Protection Units (YPG).

So why in hell was the U.S. supporting an affiliate of the PKK? Well, that was Comrade Obama’s policy. Obama’s policy served the interests of Moscow.

Here’s what you need to know: Turkey has stayed true to its roots in NATO, originally an anti-Soviet alliance. The Sunni Muslims running Turkey have traditionally been anti-communist. Turkey is caught in the middle between ISIS and the PKK, while Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said support for the PYD is helping to create a “sea of blood” in the region. 

The special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS (DAESH), Brett McGurk, has just resigned. Good riddance. He was an Obama holdover. McGurk was appointed by Obama on October 23, 2015.

The PKK was listed as a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department back in 1997. It was created by and supported by the Soviet KGB and Russia today does not recognize the PKK as a terrorist organization. In fact, Russia defines the PKK as “the leader of the Kurdish national democratic struggle.”

This was another aspect of Moscow’s support for “national liberation struggles.”

President Erdogan had told Trump that the Turks would mount a cross-border operation to eliminate PKK-affiliated YPG Units from northern Syria. This helped facilitate Trump’s decision. It is long overdue. Going forward, Trump has no alternative but to work with Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. This will be difficult to do. But this is the alliance we need against Russia, Syria, and Iran.

This Wall Street Journal headline is correct: Trump Doubles Down on Campaign Promises in Turbulent Week. It says: Mr. Trump made building a wall on the southern border a major part of his 2016 campaign, as was withdrawing U.S. troops from parts of the world where he believed other countries should take up the fight.

Keeping his campaign promises has brought the power of the Washington establishment down on his head.

Build the Wall and Bring the Troops Home. Those were candidate Trump’s promises.


For America’s Survival,

Cliff Kincaid,




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