So Mike Pence went to negotiate with Turkey, and what happened?
(1) turkey wants to push the kurds out of that part of syria.
(2) trump gives ‘em the OK to invade.
(3) pence brokers a “deal” in which the kurds… must get out of that part of syria.
(4) the US agrees to un-sanction turkey.
that’s a “deal” like being mugged is a deal.
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) October 17, 2019
Look, as Trump’s emissary, Pence negotiated a surrender—without permission—on behalf of an ally they had already stabbed in the back, to put off ethnic cleansing for five (5!) whole days. And Prznint McDeals is crowing that it is a diplomatic victory:
This deal could NEVER have been made 3 days ago. There needed to be some “tough” love in order to get it done. Great for everybody. Proud of all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2019
Axios Alert email thingie:
The big picture: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan previously said that he would “never” agree to a ceasefire, after the U.S. withdrawal from northern Syria paved the way for Turkey to begin a military assault on U.S-allied Kurdish forces that they view as terrorists.
So we are un-punishing Turkey, betraying the Kurds, and the whole time Putin is smiling as another of his plans to destroy NATO comes to fruition. What exactly did Pence “win”?