Retired four-star Marine General John Allen offered scathing criticism of President Donald Trump’s decision to remove U.S. troops from northern Syria ahead of Turkey’s invasion.
"There is blood on Trump's hands for abandoning our Kurdish allies,” Allen said, according to CNN.
"There was no chance (Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan) Erdogan would keep his promise, and full blown ethnic cleansing is underway by Turkish supported militias," he said. "This is what happens when Trump follows his instincts and because of his alignment with autocrats."
The former commander of American forces in Afghanistan and former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS under President Barack Obama told CNN that what is happening now in Syria was "completely foreseeable" and "the US greenlighted it."
"I said there would be blood, but could not have imagined this outcome," Allen said.
Trump previously said he would apply economic sanctions on Turkey if Erdogan became too aggressive, but Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin recently told reporters he currently has no plans to use his sanctions authority in the matter.
The Treasury said in a statement on Friday that the threat of sanctions was meant to deter Turkey from certain actions, including "the indiscriminate targeting of civilians, targeting of civilian infrastructure, targeting of ethnic or religious minorities."
Reports from the region indicate at least some of those actions are already underway.