After four hours of negotiations between the Vice President of the United States and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Mike Pence announced a cease-fire (watch above). Here’s part what Pence said:
“A week after Turkish forces crossed into Syria, Turkey and the United States of America have agreed to a cease-fire in Syria. It will be a pause in military operations for 120 hours while the United States facilitates the withdrawal of YPG (the Kurds) from the affected areas in the safe zone, and once that is completed, Turkey has agreed to a permanent cease-fire.”
Soon after Trump sent his appreciation to Erdogan, calling him a friend. And on Twitter Trump said: “This is a great day for civilization. I am proud of the United States for sticking by me in following a necessary, but somewhat unconventional, path. People have been trying to make this “Deal” for many years. Millions of lives will be saved. Congratulations to ALL!”
So Turkey exactly what it wanted. The Kurds will abandon their land. As NBC’s Richard Engel recently wrote, “The borders of the Middle East are being redrawn. Turkey is grabbing a piece of Syria.”
Not to mention that the Turkish foreign minister is saying this isn’t a ceasefire.
To news reports calling this a ceasefire:
The Turkish foreign minister disagrees. 🔽 https://t.co/q6BFQSe1Tj
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) October 17, 2019
Mitt Romney reportedly remarked, “Are we so weak and inept diplomatically that Turkey forced the hand of the United States? Turkey?” And while on the Senate floor he added, “What we have done to the Kurds will stand as a bloodstain in the annals of American history.”
One cannot overstate how badly Erdogan played Trump.
He got Trump to abandon our allies, the Kurds, and allow genocide to begin at Turkey's hands.
He then used that slaughter as leverage to get Trump (and Pence) to back Turkey's plan to force Kurds to abandon their land.
— VoteVets (@votevets) October 17, 2019
This is textbook Trump.
Manufacture a crisis, scramble to pick up the pieces, then act as if he alone is responsible for solving it.
This is not effective foreign policy. It is immoral, inconsistent, and a stain on our global standing.https://t.co/bMMePFOdCR
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) October 17, 2019