Say it ain’t so, Don!

Why Trump must block Iran’s effort to build a land-bridge to the Mediterranean and pushing for Kurdish independence is the way to accomplish that.

By Robert B. Sklaroff, M.D., and Sherkos Abbas, INN

It’s enough to drive an  enthusiastic Trumpster to tears ….

Why did President Trump announce America would stop arming the Syrian Kurds?

America can’t invoke the lame excuse that was invoked to abandon the Iraqi Kurds, namely, their having held the Sept. 25th Independence Referendum, for this occurred just after the Nov. 22nd summit-meeting of the self-dubbed “guarantor powers” for Syria (Iran, Turkey and Russia)—excluding America—in Sochi.

After a tremendous expenditure of human, financial and ideological resources, the United States is poised to be excluded from Syria and Iraq, even as Trump Must Detail a Clear Syria Strategy to Block Iranian Influence Post-ISIS.

Indeed, after John Bolton Warned of bowing to the “International Swamp,” Trump apparently capitulated to Turkey’s Islamist President Erdo?an, after Erdo?an had slammed U.S. support for the Islamic State—a fanciful claim—saying Turkey does not want an allied relationship in the Syrian offensive.

The warning signs have been readily apparent…

Meanwhile, Iraqi officials found a mass grave of Yazidi murdered by the Islamic State.

To be a Player, you need at least one reliable Piece on the Board.

That’s why it is insufficient to base policy on hope…

  • that “neutrality” will prompt Baghdad to extricate itself from Tehran’s influence, as per Obama-holdover envoy Brett McGurk.
  • that it’s preferable to swallow exclusion until the defeat of the Islamic State, as per Sebastian Lukács Gorka, Ph.D. [verbal communication during the Annual Gala of the Zionist Organization of America, Nov. 12].
  • that Turkey’s Islamist Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an will suddenly morph to reasonableness, even after having purchased Russian armaments.

That’s why it is unnerving to have encountered evidence that America is incrementally abandoning the region, noting…

  • that a recently published essay on the website of The Hill rationalized abandonment of efforts to re-establish Kurdistan, for its remedy for how the Kurdish people can get their groove back is to beg for recognition from anyone who will listen.

That’s why, as Trump hands Syria to Russia and Iran increases its presence (despite the U.S.-Russia deal) on Israel’s doorstep, we have fretted…

  • that both the Globe and America have been “fiddling” during the past two months, via essays that were written, respectively, for audiences that needed orientation [with 68 hyperlinks] and that might specifically prompt the Trump Administration to act [60 hyperlinks].
  • that America needs to be reminded that the Kurds are the only trustworthy non-Islamist Muslims in the Syrian/Iraqi theater, particularly after the Obama Administration misled the public on al-Qaeda and the Iran-Nuke capitulation-pact.
  • that America will enhance the effort to Make America Great Again by recognizing Kurdish nationalism—as Truman did, in opposition to the State Department, when he recognized Israel—even if this must entail providing a Berlin-Style Emergency airlift [64 hyperlinks].

Meanwhile, Kurdistan, the only site for America to place its military/diplomatic/ideological Piece onto the Middle East board—for the long-term—is told to await the arrival of Samuel Beckett’s Godot…despite awareness of bullying from everyone in the “neighborhood”…despite America’s studied inaction.

We were gratified that, contrasting with colleague-Gorka, visionary-disrupter Lieutenant Stephen Kevin Bannon responded to a non-directive query by instantly exclaiming, “I have always strongly favored an independent Kurdistan.” [verbal communication at ZOA Gala, Nov. 12].

Indeed, during his speech, Bannon recognized that pro-Israel forces should fight to diminish the power of the Washington foreign-policy establishment, an approach that may be working, inasmuch as the notoriously Arabist State Department just acknowledged it has a “morale issue.”*

Essayists have ignored the legal underpinnings for the Kurdish Referendum, derivative of the Treaty of Sèvres of a century ago and ratification of the Iraqi Constitution of a decade ago.

The former called for an “autonomous” Kurdistan and the latter called for “a referendum in Kirkuk and other disputed territories to determine the will of their citizens, by a date not to exceed the 31st of December, 2007” (Article 140, Section 2).

Amazingly, this constitutional citation was omitted from a presentation of why the Kurdistan referendum stands on “solid legal footing” during a July 28 seminar , and it only samples Baghdad’s multiple constitutional violations.

Others have sounded this alarm, recognizing that The Middle East’s Problems Are Really America’s Problems [“Iraq ended up with ISIS, Iranian and Iranian-sponsored militias, and a Baghdad government beating on our Kurdish allies”] and that The US Betrayal of Kurdistan Should be a Warning Sign for Israel [“What happened to the Kurds will happen to Israel”].

Foreign policy debate focused on President Trump’s whirlwind visit to the Orient during the past fortnight, as China unveiled a massive island-maker, signaling further expansion in South China Sea.

Meanwhile, however, Iraqi forces wasted no time erasing the legacy of three years of Kurdish rule in Zumaroil emerged as the real prize of Iran’s Kurdish adventure and, in shadowy covert wars, Iran took center stage.*

President Trump claimed, “America’s back” after his Asian sojourn, for he doesn’t want America to be subject to overseas nuclear-extortion … whether it emanates from North Korea or from Iran.

That’s why Trump must block Iran’s effort to build a land-bridge to the Mediterranean by severing Syrian and Iraqi Kurdistan, as illustrated by the shrinking areas Kurds control on these constantly updated military maps … and recognize the Kurdish plea for human rights protection that has roots that sprouted four millennia ago.

There is no justification for delay, for Kurdistan could be successfully invaded at a moment’s notice by any/all of the “guarantors” as Kirkuk demonstrated, so we wonder what Trump is being told…

If America is to play any meaningful role in the Middle East, anti-Jihadists must acknowledge that a muscular foreign policy is central to making MAGA, for—recognizing its rich heritage and the modernity of Erbil—Kurdistan requires no nation-building.

This article constitutes the policy of the Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria. Sherkoh Abbas serves as its President. Robert Sklaroff is a physician-activist.? 

November 26, 2017 | 4 Comments »

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  1. Signs point to non Trump interest in staying in the middle east. Remember he campaigned and for years railed that USA should not be in Iraq.

    If Trump has an overall strategy in the middle east based on actions it can be only iewed that he wants to destroy ISIS with the help of others on the ground. Beyond that he has no strong interest in the region. He wants to destroy radical Islam.

    There is no USA containment of Iran or support of the Kurd actions on the ground.

  2. @ Michael S:

    First, I captured this potential sentiment in the piece, noting the potential that the USA Military is currently stretched:

    Perhaps Trump was advised (prudently) to procrastinate because the military currently cannot engage in major combat in two theaters and, therefore, that he must first resolve the North Korean challenge, including its nascent ballistic missile submarine program; perhaps he was also told by the Pentagon that securing North Korean nuclear weapons ‘with complete certainty’ would require a ground invasion and that any attack on Pyongyang could trigger an attack against American interests by Tehran.

    Nevertheless, cannot we multitask…noting that the moment to preserve the Kurds would be lost…yielding a long task-order to recreate the current environs?


    Second, there may be insufficient time in the interim to block the Iranians from attacking Israel from [almost] all sides; Tehran must be blocked from creating a potential land-bridge to the Mediterranean Sea ASAP, and only the Kurdish-alliance can accomplish this strategic task.

    Third, read how ALL of the comments [including mine, which integrate an Annotation] DECIMATE this simultaneously-published piece.

    Thus, we have both proven-the-positive and disproven-the-negative; what may have transpired–abandonment of the Kurds–is both inexcusable [morally] and is unconstitutional [from the Iraqi perspective].

  3. @ rsklaroff:
    Hi, RS

    Ever since the Russia-Turkey-Iran meeting in Sochi, with Assad then being summoned to Russia to receive his orders, I have been waiting to see Trump’s response. His response seems to be, that he will desert the Kurds in favor of the Turks.

    This does not surprize me. Unless Trump’s military plans to bulldog its way across E. Syria or W. Iraq, opposing the Russians as well as the Iranian flunkies in Ithose countries, our forces there — and the so-far-de-facto-independent Kurds — are effectively surrounded by the Russians, Turks and Iranians.

    The most likely scenario I see, is that in Ezek 38-39: Turkey and Iran will ultimately occupy and control Syraq and Lebanon, and will use this as a base from which to attack Israel. I don’t think Trump, Tillerson, Kushner or anyone in the White House wants to be in the crossfire when that happens.

    The US would probably be foolish, at this point, to try to press its alliance with the Kurds. We have much better chances of a decisibe victory in China-North Korea. If the outcome is good there, we will have a solid line of partners from S. Korea to Japan to Taiwan to Australia to India. We have had the military might to accomplish this for some 70+ years; it’s just a matter of political will. If Trump demonstrates strengh there, he will get results in Ankara and Tehran; if not, the situation will be “Every man for himself!”, and we will see nuclear chaos in just a few years.

  4. We consider this to be emergent; if pressure yielded The Donald’s retreat on closing the PA office in D.C., perhaps enhanced education would be effective in prompting return to the prior policy of differentiating Kurds of Turkey and those of Syria/Iraq.

    WE NEED SUGGESTIONS/INPUT; in particular, let us know if we missed ANYTHING.