Trump’s be­trayal of Kurds is yet an­other im­peach­able offense

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Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump just an­nounced a uni­lat­eral breach of our prom­ises of pro­tec­tion and sup­port for the Kurds who fought and died to help us re­duce the threat of ISIS and pro­tect Amer­ica and the world (“Who are the Kurds, and why does Trump’s de­ci­sion re­mind them of past Amer­i­can be­tray­als?” Oct. 8).

This could be a geno­cide death sen­tence for all Kurds at the hands of Tur­key or drive them into the arms of Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad and Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin. The world is wit­ness­ing be­trayal and treach­ery by the United States of Amer­ica. Be­trayal of the Kurds, be­trayal of our al­lies, be­trayal of our coun­try and its rep­u­ta­tion, and be­trayal of democ­racy.

It al­ways helps, in in­ex­pli­ca­ble situations, to ask who ben­e­fits from an out­ra­geous un-Amer­i­can act.

In this case, the an­swer is a num­ber of mur­der­ous dic­ta­tors and en­e­mies in Rus­sia, Syria, Tur­key and ISIS. On the los­ing side, the Amer­i­can peo­ple are ig­nored, the U.S. Congress and all our al­lies who fought be­side the Kurds are sim­ply dis­missed. If this isn’t the def­i­ni­tion of tyranny and trea­son, a vi­o­la­tion of the oath of of­fice and a cry for re­moval from of­fice, it’s dif­fi­cult to imag­ine if there’s any­thing that would pre­vent a pres­i­dent, from any party, from be­com­ing a dic­ta­tor who puts him­self above the law.

It takes a lot to get politi­cians the ilk of Sens. Mitch McCon­nell, Lind­sey Gra­ham and other top Repub­li­cans to stand up to the head of their party, but this did it. In­ci­den­tally, Ar­ti­cle II Sec­tion 4 of the U.S. Constituti­on states un­equiv­o­cally that a pres­i­dent “shall be re­moved from of­fice on Im­peach­ment for… Trea­son, Bribery or other High Crimes …” We are a democ­racy that’s sup­posed to be based on the rule of law.

Roger C. Kost­mayer, Bal­ti­more

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