I'm an American National Guard Captain. I Didn't Enlist to Abandon our Kurdish Allies | NYT Opinion
- Published on Oct 21, 2019
- Alan Kennedy, a captain in the Colorado Army National Guard who served this summer in northern Syria, condemns President Trump’s decision to fully withdraw American troops from the area and abandon our Kurdish allies to a Turkish incursion. He calls a recently negotiated 120-hour cease-fire, which reports suggest Turkey has already violated, “too little too late.” He fears that the lack of American commitment and credibility has cleared the way for an ethnic cleansing of the Kurds and a resurgence of the Islamic State.
Captain Kennedy’s concerns echo the sentiments of soldiers who have had to abandon their posts reluctantly, and lawmakers who on Wednesday delivered a resounding and rare bipartisan rebuke of President Trump’s actions in Syria.
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