(TMU Op-Ed) — It’s easy to take the Trump administration at face value and conclude that at the very least Donald Trump is an inept moron. It is also incredibly easy to draw particular conclusions that have run rampant in the mainstream media. One such accusation against Trump is that he was appointed as president by Russian president Vladimir Putin and regularly makes decisions, particularly in the foreign policy scheme of things, which are solely in Putin’s interests.
For example, CNN recently published an article entitled “President Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds is a gift to Putin and Assad.” This echoes the types of headlines we have seen for some time now, such as in December last year when the Washington Post ran a piece called “Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria marks a win for Putin.”
Bear with me—and I know it sounds crazy—but what if the opposite were true? What if—despite the headlines and the obvious inferences —Trump’s Syria pullout is not a win for Putin, and especially not for Assad?
Yes, the Kurds recently announced that Syrian government forces had agreed on Sunday to help them push back against Turkey’s advancement into Syrian territory. It is true that such a scenario would have been almost impossible had the US president not ordered the withdrawal of US troops from the northern border area. As the Kurdish commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) wrote in Foreign Policy, the Kurds essentially had to choose between life and “genocide.”