Letter to the Editor

GOP finding its voice

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Trump stated, “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.” 
Days after Trump announced the U.S. troop withdrawal, he was informed by Turkey’s leadership that they were preparing to invade Syria and attack the Kurds. Ethnic cleansing raised its ugly head as Trump stated “The Turks needed to have a swath of Syria cleaned out after they attacked the Kurds.” Later, Trump stated a cease fire had been negotiated. Turkey’s prime minister said no, there was no cease fire only a pause, and Turkey’s troops would remain in place.

As the situation unfolded, the blind support of GOP leadership began to crumble. Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Mitt Romney and several other Republican congressmen voiced their concern stating this is a huge mistake, we cannot forget our promise of support and abandon our staunch ally in the war against ISIS. It is also a signal to our other allies that the U.S. cannot be counted upon to keep its word.

GOP congressmen have stated they will put forward a bill with the support of Democrats to place severe sanctions on Turkey, and with so great a margin, it will be veto proof by the president. It now appears there is a limit to what the GOP will overlook from the president.

Robert Sneitzer

Spirit Lake