Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the Deep State brain trust that has dominated American foreign policy for much of the past century. (See the stunning video recording of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telling Richard Haass and the assembled CFR notables that she is so pleased the Council’s New York City-based “mother ship” has set up offices in Washington, D.C., because now she won’t have to go so far “to be told what we should be doing and how we should think.”)
Haass and the rest of the CFR-led foreign policy establishment have been condemning President Trump for attempting to make good on his oft-repeated promise to stop American involvement in “endless wars” and “bring our soldiers home.” According to Haass, the president’s Syria move “was a terrible one.”
“President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces from northern Syria, and leave the region’s Kurds vulnerable to neighboring Turkey’s military incursion, was a terrible one,” Haass asserts. “The Kurdish forces in control of the region had been the principal US partner in the struggle against the Islamic State (ISIS),” he continues. “Trump’s abandonment of them reinforced already existing doubts in the region and around the world that the United States remains a reliable ally.”
Then the CFR president gets on to the real target of his ire: President Trump’s “America First” policy, which Haass, the archetypal globalist, disingenuously derides as “isolationism.”
“Trump’s ‘America First’ slogan is premised on the idea that the costs of US world leadership far outweigh any benefits,” complains Haass. Moreover, says the CFR factotum — and this is his real concern — “Trump’s decision taps into an old American tradition of isolationism, which has a lineage traceable to America’s Founding Fathers.” In addition, he states, “the notion that the US can safely turn its back on the world and still thrive even as global order declines is seriously misguided.”
Over at The Atlantic, which vies with its larger media comrades for top billing status in the hate-Trump/impeach-Trump choir, Peter Wehner penned an attack piece titled, “Trump Betrayed the Kurds. Who’s Next?” Wehner’s subtitle: “He Couldn’t Help Himself. Humiliating his own Cabinet secretaries was bad. Putting faithful American allies in harm’s way is far worse.” At Slate, Fred Kaplan weighed in with “Trump Invites a New Killing Field: Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds isn’t just immoral—there’s no strategic reason for it.” Time magazine, in its print and online platforms, has been running a series of articles blasting the president’s troop withdrawal from Syria. Likewise for those other reliable ventriloquists for the Deep State at the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, NPR, CNN, et al.
The CFR Record: One Betrayal After Another
Before moving on to some of Haass’s other specious claims, it may be worthwhile to dissect a few of his quotes above.
First of all, let’s look at President Trump’s alleged “betrayal” of America’s “reliable allies,” the Kurds. It may well be true that there are, indeed, some genuine American allies among the Kurds that have been fighting ISIS in Syria. However, the various “Kurdish forces” whom our Obama-era, CFR-run State Department and CIA selected to receive arms and training are hardcore communists and Islamists that can be counted on to turn on us, just as we have seen with our CFR-chosen “allies” in Egypt, Libya, Iraq, and Afghanistan. (See here, here, here, and here.)