Turkey and US Relations Sour After Kurdish Militia Attacked | Time.com

This article from Time is on the button. It argues that the U.S. considers the Kurds as allies. On the other hand, it point out that Turkey says the Kurds are linked to terrorists. The conclusion is that a confrontation is brewing.

Source: Turkey and US Relations Sour After Kurdish Militia Attacked | Time.com

Both Trump and Erdogan are volatile and unpredictable. Trump ignored Turkey’s human right record and was very fast off the mark to congratulate Erdogan on gaining increased power in Turkey’s recent referendum. This was after Erdogan’s extreme praise for Trump’s after America’s military escalation in Syria.

Unless Trump changes direction, the Kurds remain critical to US plans to overthrow ISIS, so Trump will need to do some serious negotiating with Erdogan. Based on Trump’s successful meeting with the Chinese leader, his team will look for a winning compromise with Erdogan.

Thoughts?

 

The Guardian view on Donald Trump: 100 days of failure | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

The UK’s left-leaning Guardian newspaper writes a blistering editorial on Trump’s first 100 days. It argues that it’s no surprise that dissembling has been the defining feature of his first 100 days. It reasons that if he admitted the truth of his shambolic presidency, it would shorten its span.

Source: The Guardian view on Donald Trump: 100 days of failure | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

For me, the editorial was just too biassed. After all, as a friend pointed out to me today, Trump did well to encourage China to intervene with North Korea – that was a real achievement. I am no great Trump fan but the liberal media has been so shrill about Trump that they stand a risk of being ignored or marginalized in future. Trump has made errors but he is the democratically elected US president, so he deserves a chance.

What is perhaps more worrying is that as Trump takes stock of his first 100 days, he’ll return to the appeal of his populist political base, far-right supporters and this will have an increase influence on policy moving forward. The Guardian would do well to move to risk evaluation and some suggested mitigating actions – this would add value.

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