Global Affairs: Trump's betrayal of Kurds holds lessons for US allies

Foreign policy is not a morality play, but hard-headed calculations may yet preserve existing alliances

LONDON • Relying on the United States to protect you in times of crisis is a hazardous business, definitely not for the faint-hearted.

Just ask the Kurds of Syria, who, after fighting for years with US troops and laying down their lives in support of US objectives, were suddenly and unceremoniously dumped, and left to the tender mercies of Turkey, their traditional enemy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2019, with the headline 'Trump's betrayal of Kurds holds lessons for US allies'. Print Edition | Subscribe