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Zeldin Recklessly Abandons US Military Allies

Zeldin Recklessly Abandons US Military Allies

From The Times Beacon Record.

Headline: Don't Abandon the Kurds, Strategic Implications are Disastrous

The President has endangered the lives of our troops––and hundreds of thousands of civilians––with self-centered recklessness in Syria. Will U.S. Rep. Zeldin (R-Shirley) look to stop him?

Last week, while I was in synagogue observing Yom Kippur, a congregant came forward to sing “God Bless America.” In an instant the entire room was on its feet, singling loudly, hand over heart. Jews and other historically oppressed groups have flourished in America – we believe in our country and its values. Unfortunately, days later I still can’t shake the feeling that these values are under threat. News that President Donald Trump (R) has abandoned our Kurdish allies continues to sink in, and the ramifications are severe.

The Kurds have proven themselves to be among our most reliable Middle East allies – doing the heavy lifting against ISIS and defending their north Syrian enclave from the repeated attacks of the Putin-backed Assad regime. To the extent ISIS was nearly eliminated, we owed a debt of gratitude to the Kurdish fighters. But the Kurds, in return, counted on our presence to dissuade Turkey’s ambitions to vanquish them.

That is why Trump’s recent sudden withdrawal declaration was such a grave mistake. In taking action, Trump ignored warnings from his national security experts that Turkey would consider an American withdrawal an invitation to plunge the region back into chaos and bloodshed. The strategic implications are disastrous –– creating a void that could become a new ISIS breeding ground, enabling the thousands of ISIS fighters who already have escaped captivity –– with the potential for more to join –– and the resultant new alliance between the Kurds and Assad, which only strengthens Russia and Iran. Moreover, the decision represents an utter betrayal of the American values we love and cherish. President Trump, in an ill-considered instant, turned America’s back on an ally who served with us and shed blood for us. And the damage is done – United States economic sanctions on Turkey imposed subsequently cannot undo the harm.

Home on Long Island, Zeldin has been silent on the ethnic cleansing of our Kurdish allies. Instead, he has continued to put Trump first, above country, our community, and morality. A fixture this week on network TV – not, I may add, at Suffolk County events pertaining to our most pressing local concerns – Zeldin spouted Trump talking points, refusing to explain or critique the president’s behavior in Syria. He’s shown off his skill as a Washington politician, spinning a web of nonsensical conspiracy theories and dodging questions.

Zeldin seems to have forgotten America’s responsibility to protect friends who serve with us, like the Kurds, from annihilation. That is why Americans put our children at risk serving abroad, and why we salute our flag while at home. One corrupt president and his disrespect for the American values that mold us together cannot be allowed to destroy our country. It is incumbent on each and every one of us to stand up and make our feelings known. One local Congressman’s silence cannot be allowed to represent Long Island’s patriotism.

Posted on October 17, 2019.

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