Syrian Kurds Rebuff Turkey and U.S.: 'We Will Not Withdraw'
In a way, such a move would certainly make sense. The PKK and the YPG may officially be different groups, but in practice, they are not. If the United States is serious about its policy of not supporting terror groups, it cannot support the YPG.
On the other hand, some argue that the YPG has been a reliable ally in the war against ISIS. Can the United States afford to break its alliance with that group now?
Can D.C. rely on Turkey alone?
What if the Turks retreat from Syria again, giving ISIS opportunity to make a comeback without facing any opposition from local Kurdish groups?
The solution, of course, is simple: the United States and the European Union -- NATO, in other words -- have to launch a ground operation in Syria by themselves. Dealing with any terrorist organizations -- or their friends -- is unacceptable and counterproductive in the long run. At the same time, Turkish President Erdogan cannot be trusted; he is not a reliable ally.
So that means we (the EU and the U.S.) have to do it by ourselves: enter with a respectable force, wipe out ISIS, force Kurdish terrorist organizations and their affiliates to back off, and stay there until the situation calms down. Then -- and only then -- can there be a withdrawal.
Sadly, chances of that happening are somewhere between zero and zilch. Every other American president would have acted years ago, making Europe support him. But not Obama. He'd rather play golf or hang out with celebrities than do anything useful. And when he does -- finally -- act, he only does so in reaction to moves of others. As commenter Arthur wrote on my article earlier today: