Anyone who’s read “It’s the Ideology” knows my high regard for the Kurds in the War on Terror. They have been the most reliable and effective ally in our fight against Islamic State. They fought like tigers against the Islamist butchers in places like Kobane and, unlike their Arab counterparts, had no problems integrating women into their frontline units – who quickly developed ferocious fighting reputations of their own. We could NOT have cleared much of northern and eastern Syria of IS fighters without out them and they are the ones holding thousands of IS prisoners while the rest of the world figures out what to do with them. If these prisoners escape, what then? They certainly haven’t been rehabilitated.
The Kurds shed their blood with us and for us. The thanks they have received from Washington is to hear, “You’re fired!” Many of the corpulent, pampered gasbags, pundits, and politicians in our nation’s capital couldn’t survive for ten minutes in the environment the Kurds have endured for the past four years, let alone during their rich but violent history.
The Kurds have managed to survive despite genocidal campaigns against them by Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey. They have worn the mantle of oppression and persecution and suffered primarily in silence as the rest of the world ignored their plight. Now we have stabbed the best ally we ever had in the War on Terror squarely in the back all to placate a Turkish president, who has shifted his own government away from democracy toward Islamist authoritarianism. Has the White House forgotten that Erdogan’s Turkey was the primary customer for the Islamic State’s blackmarket oil? Has it forgotten that Erdogan recently thumbed his nose at America to buy Russia’s advanced S-400 air defense system? Is this the behavior of a FRIENDLY ally?
We’ve done stupid crap like this before. The administration of Bush 43 called on the Iraqis to rise up against Saddam after Desert Storm and promised American support. When the Shiites in the south and the Kurds in the north of Iraq did just that a couple months later, we stood by and did nothing. Our failure to fulfill that promise of support cost the lives of 20,000 Kurds and nearly three times as many Shiites. Why would anyone in the region want to be a US ally?
Benjamin Franklin once said that nothing is certain except death and taxes. Were he alive today, he might add a third certainty: strategic myopia in Washington.