Obama-era National Security Advisor Susan Rice decried President Donald Trump’s “bats**t crazy” resolution to drag U.S. troops from the Syria-Turkey border in a TV interview Monday evening.
The former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations instructed The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that the retreat gave Turkey permission to “go for it”, referring to the nation’s plans to invade northern Syria and push out Kurdish forces.
Kurdish fighters have been key allies of the U.S. within the struggle to liberate Syria from ISIS management, however have lengthy been within the crosshairs of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who considers the Kurdish militia a terrorist insurgency.
The White House introduced Sunday that Trump would withdraw U.S. troops from the realm alongside the Turkish border in northern Syria—a transfer that specialists consider may open up alternatives for ISIS jail breaks.
Newsweek revealed Monday that Trump’s resolution got here after he was “rolled” by Erdogan in a telephone name about Turkey’s plans to invade Syria, in accordance with a National Security Council official.
Speaking to Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, Rice mentioned she woke as much as the information and put her head in her palms.
“This is bats**t crazy,” Rice continued to applause and cheers from the studio viewers.
Asked to elucidate why it was “bats**t crazy”, the previous U.N. ambassador mentioned: “These are the individuals who for the final 4 years have been preventing on our behalf, with our gear, to defeat ISIS.
“And they’ve performed it with monumental efficacy. They’ve sacrificed immensely and we have principally simply mentioned to them: ‘See ya.'”
She went on to dub Turks “the hungry wolf attempting to kill the lamb,” and mentioned that they had been given permission to “go for it” on account of Trump’s resolution to drag U.S. troops from the Syria-Turkey border.
“It’s simply appalling as a result of we promised them our partnership. And we promised them that in the event that they labored with us to defeat our widespread enemy… then we’d stand with them.”
The former nationwide safety advisor later added that Republicans in Congress had “gotten a pulse” over the withdrawal decision. “It should be actually, actually dangerous,” she mentioned.
GOP South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is among the many prime Republicans who’ve lashed out over the abandonment of Kurdish militias in northern Syria.
“By abandoning the Kurds we now have despatched essentially the most harmful sign potential—America is an unreliable ally and it is only a matter of time earlier than China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea act out in harmful methods,” Graham tweeted yesterday.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Trump rival in the course of the 2016 GOP primaries, additionally described the choice as leaving Kurds to “face annihilation by the hands of the Turkish army.”