Army Officer: Trump’s Syria Pullout Is ‘A Stain On The American Conscience’
A Special Forces officer who worked alongside the Kurds in Syria recently told The New York Times that President Donald Trump’s decision to pullback U.S. forces ahead of the Turkish incursion was “a stain on the American conscience.”
“They trusted us and we broke that trust,” the Army officer told The Times. “It’s a stain on the American conscience.”
According to The Hill, numerous individuals expressed negative sentiments to the newspaper over Trump’s move, including an official allied with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.
Shervan Darwish said, “The worst thing in military logic and comrades in the trench is betrayal.”
“I am ashamed for the first time in my career,” a U.S. Special Forces soldier told Fox News on Thursday, The Hill noted, in another instance of American military members denouncing the president’s decision.
“Turkey is not doing what it agreed to. It’s horrible,” he said. “We met every single security agreement. The Kurds met every single agreement [with the Turks]. There was no threat to the Turks — none — from this side of the border.”
Trump ordered approximately 1,000 troops in northern Syria to be withdrawn ahead of a planned Turkish incursion into the region, though following harsh criticism, the president promised economic sanctions if Turkey crossed a line.
So far, Trump has not imposed sanctions and has offered no further details on what actions would constitute a line-crossing.