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‘Ending wasteful wars’ not Trump’s true intent

An Oct. 15 letter writer said that President Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria “demonstrates the courage of his conviction to end wasteful wars.” But the U.S. troops in northern Syria were peacekeepers. They weren’t engaging in war — endless or otherwise — but were preventing Turkey from invading the Syrian Kurds.

The Syrian Kurds were our friends. They beat back ISIS in Syria and imprisoned about 10,000 ISIS terrorists. President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces is allowing Turkey to slaughter the Kurds. Incidentally, the 10,000 imprisoned ISIS terrorists may well escape.

I don’t know why President Trump made this abrupt decision, but he made it immediately after speaking with Turkey’s president. We also know that in 2015, President Trump admitted in an interview with Steve Bannon that he has a conflict of interest with Turkey. In his own words, he stated: “I have a major, major building in Istanbul . . . It’s a tremendously successful job. It’s called Trump Towers — two towers instead of one. “

James Joseph Clarkson

Wailuku