The facts: Trump’s decision to betray the Kurds is self-evidently immoral. It is inflicting immense harm to the national security interests of the United States. The goals of America’s enemies ISIS, Iran, Syrian President Assad, and Vladimir Putin have been immensely advanced. Republican opposition to the decision does not amount to a bucket of warm spit in influencing Trump’s actions. The result of a week’s worth of Republicans expressing their opposition? Zero. Nada. Nothing. Zilch.
In fact, Trump this week doubled down on his betrayal by ordering the immediate withdrawal of any remaining U.S. troops from the area.
But why is Trump willing to endure this growing storm of bipartisan rancor even as the impeachment process gathers steam and his poll numbers on the issue decline? The obvious answer: Trump is full speed ahead in serving the interests of his master, Vladimir Putin, the biggest beneficiary of Trump’s act. Trump has spent two and a half years acting as Putin’s agent. He has:
–Praised Putin as a great leader and statesman
–Turned a blind eye to Putin’s criminal acts, including the murder of Russian dissidents abroad
–Stated he believed Putin’s assertion that he had not interfered in America’s 2016 elections, taking Putin’s words over the findings of the U.S. intelligence community, reinforced by findings of the Senate Intelligence Committee
–Refused to implement any serious effort to counter Russia’s cyber war and exploitation of social media against the U.S., now aimed primarily at the 2020 U.S. elections
–Showed cringing obsequiousness toward Putin in their joint press conference after the Helsinki summit.
In fact, the growing support for possible impeachment has reinforced, not diminished, Trump and Putin’s willingness to play their win-win card and deliver a staggering blow to the United States. If Trump is impeached and removed, the damage has already been done. And if he survives, they will keep playing the game.