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Obama's incoherent Turkey deal betrays Kurdish allies for short term gains.


We are now drawn into supporting Erdogan’s war against the Kurds? It’s absolutely ridiculous. The Kurds are our allies if they’re standing on Syrian or Iraqi soil, but they’re terrorists if they happen to be in Turkey? It’s unsupportable.

Foreign affairs analyst Patrick L. Smith examines President Obama’s recent military alliance with Turkey and finds another victory for American exceptionalism in the Middle East, short term military priorities defeating regional stability, and a colossal betryal of America’s strongest allies in the fight against ISISs – Kurdish fighters now under attack by Turkey.

Patrick wrote the article Our monumental Turkey blunder: Who put the American exceptionalists back in charge? for Salon.

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Patrick L. Smith

Patrick Smith is Salon’s foreign affairs columnist.


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