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Friday, October 11, 2019

Trust Trump. He earned it

They said it was a toupee. It was not.

They said he was not a serious candidate. He was.

They said he was running to help Hillary. He was not.

They said he wasn't a conservative. He was.

They said he would wreck the economy. He did not.

They said those jobs are not coming back. They did.

Unemployment dropped to 3.5% -- a full 1.4 below what he inherited from Obama.

For the past 4 years the experts have been totally wrong about President Donald John Trump. From Russian Collusion to World War III with North Korea to triggering a worldwide depression by challenging Red China, predictions from Washington pundits have been unerringly wrong about President Donald John Trump.

His track record is excellent. The media said in September 2017 that he was selling out The Wall to give amnesty to illegal aliens. The Washington Post said, "'Amnesty Don'? Trump tests the faith of supporters with talk of immigration deal." I calmed readers down. Trust him, I said.

The wall is going up -- without amnesty.

This August, the DC crowd said he was selling us out on guns. I calmed readers down. Trust him, I said.

Gun control is back on the shelf where it belongs.

Which brings us to the Kurds and Turkey. President Trump is moving our small military contingency from Syria as part of his overall strategy to remove America from all conflicts in the world that do not serve American interests. Let Turkey -- a NATO ally -- handle the remnants of the ISIS army.

I advocated letting Turkey handle this for a long time.

The ever-fickle Washington crowd suddenly turned and said Turkey's leader, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, cannot be trusted.


Where were these experts when Obama put Erdoğan among his 5 most-trusted friends?

But we must protect the Kurds because they are loyal allies, neocons and other liberals in DC cried.

Yes, the Kurds stand right beside us whenever we fight to protect the Kurds. The president brought up World War 2. The Kurds spent the war trying to set up Kurdistan while the British were pre-occupied fighting the Nazis.

We do not belong there.

As I pointed out in December, "Syria with its Kurds, ISIS, and Assad is too complicated. How about we go back to avoiding foreign entanglements? I believe the Saudis and others in the region can handle things from here.

"The Kurds are lobbying to keep us there. They want their own country, which of course would screw up Turkey and Iraq. Naturally, people on the left are for such chaos. Kurdistan 24 reported, 'Noam Chomsky says US should stay in Syria to protect the Kurds.'"

Israel is a much longer and more loyal ally. We sent no divisions to help it in the Six-Day War. We sent no divisions to help it in the Yom Kippur War. They were fighting every Arab army each time, and they prevailed. Why do we need to fight the war for the Kurds?

Besides, President Trump is protecting the Kurds from the Big Bad Wolf in Turkey. Erdoğan agreed not to touch them except the ones who worked to overthrow him.

President Donald John Trump tweeted, "As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!). They must, with Europe and others, watch over the captured ISIS fighters and families.

"The U.S. has done far more than anyone could have ever expected, including the capture of 100% of the ISIS Caliphate. It is time now for others in the region, some of great wealth, to protect their own territory. THE USA IS GREAT!"

And President Trump did rock Turkey's economy in August 2018. The American press sided with Erdoğan on that one.

Andrew McCarthy at National Review pointed out past American policy failed.

He wrote, "President Trump, by contrast, has an exit strategy, which is to exit. He promises to cripple Turkey economically if the Kurds are harmed. If early reports of Turkey’s military assault are accurate, the president will soon be put to the test. I hope he is up to it. For a change, he should have strong support from Congress, which is threatening heavy sanctions if Turkey routs the Kurds.

"Americans, however, are not of a mind to do more than that. We are grateful for what the Kurds did in our mutual interest against ISIS. We should try to help them, but no one wants to risk war with Turkey over them. The American people’s representatives never endorsed combat operations in Syria, and the president is right that the public wants out. Of course we must prioritize the denial of safe havens from which jihadists can attack American interests. We have to stop pretending, though, that if our intentions toward this neighborhood are pure, its brutal history, enduring hostilities, and significant downside risks can be ignored."


I will remind readers that those initial reports from Syria are second- and third-hand accounts that likely are biased in favor of the Kurds. Most foreign news coverage lacks objectivity. Our nation's press corps cannot cover the White House rationally with its best reporters. How the heck can it cover a place 100 miles from Damascus?

President Trump has earned our trust because he has kept his promises, and he also has proved his critics wrong every single time.

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