A captain in the Colorado Army National Guard, who spent the summer serving in northern Syria, has condemned President Trump’s decision to fully withdraw American troops from the area and abandon our Kurdish allies to a Turkish incursion as “immoral” and “un-American.”
“Weeks ago, our commander in chief announced he was pulling our last troops out of the region,” Alan Kennedy told The New York Times in a new video op-ed published Friday. “Ever since, I haven’t been able to sleep at night.”
“Our complete withdrawal from Syria is unstrategic, immoral and ultimately un-American,” he said, adding, “I can’t believe President Trump let this happen … I strongly believe the president’s decision may prolong a war, rather than end it.”
While echoing Trump’s sentiment that the U.S. should “end endless wars,” Kennedy said “building alliances, maintaining stability in the region and supporting our allies” is how to be successful. He referenced his meetings with Kurdish allies who joined American troops in fighting against ISIS forces in the region.
“I met a Kurdish fighter who asked me if we would ever leave Syria. I reassured him, ‘Of course the U.S. would never leave Syria and abandon the Kurds.’ They’re our partners,” Kennedy said. “I was wrong.”
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) October 19, 2019