McSally opposes US abandoning Kurds, who now are under attack




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    Hours before Turkey invaded northern Syria and began an assault on Kurds living in the region, Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally said President Donald Trump should not have suddenly pulled troops out of the region that were protecting America’s Kurdish allies.

    McSally told Fox News’s Martha MacCallum that Trump’s decision would lead to widespread deaths in the Kurdish communities, which were key American allies in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria.

    “We cannot tolerate a NATO ally (in Turkey) now coming in and mowing them down. That is just not the right message, and it’s not good for the safety of America,” she said in an Oct. 8 interview.

    Trump’s move to withdraw the U.S. forces in the region was announced Oct. 6, and effectively abandons the Kurds. It caught most observers by surprise and sparked bipartisan outrage in Congress. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has for months been signaling that he intends to invade northern Syria to attack Kurds living in the region.

    On Wednesday, Turkey invaded northern Syria and launched attacks against Kurdish fighters. 

    In the Oct. 8 interview, McSally said she thought NATO and Congress both needed to act swiftly to deter Erdogan from attacking the Kurds. 

    “I think we need to stand with the Kurds… not turn our backs on them,” she told MacCallum.

    McSally’s office did not immediately return a request for comment on what course of action the U.S. government should take in response to Turkey’s invasion.

    Last year, McSally positioned herself as a stalwart ally of Trump’s during her unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Senate. She was appointed to the Senate in January to fill the seat that John McCain was elected to in 2016, and is running to fill out the final two years of the term.

    She has been endorsed by Trump for her 2020 bid.

    Jim Small
    Jim Small is a native Arizonan and has covered state government, policy and politics since 2004, with a focus on investigative and in-depth policy reporting, first as a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times, then as editor of the paper and its prestigious sister publications, the Yellow Sheet Report and Arizona Legislative Report. Under his guidance, the Capitol Times won numerous state, regional and national awards for its accountability journalism and probing investigations into state government operations.

    4 COMMENTS

    1. Many Kurds are already refugees in the USA. Turkey will kill the poor souls left in Syria. This is truly an unforgivable betrayal.

    2. Nothing at all good will come of this debacle. Our allies, the Kurds, who have stood along side us since the first Iraq war in 1991 will be decimated. ISIS will regroup and American sons and daughters will have to go back and fight once again. This time without a strong ally. No nation on earth will trust us in the future to do what we say we will do. ……..SAD!!!!!

    3. I think Trump should give each Kurd a condo in his buildings- to make up for the horrible decision he just made. I am thankful that McSally has finally found it worthwhile to counter DT– She is just too late doing it

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