Syria hawks' preferred strategy is an incoherent mess—and one which ignores much of the truth.
While many Westerners have bold ambitions for the Kurds, their pseudo-state in northern Iraq is far from a perfect ally.
World affairs are not akin to a fairy tale with easy moral lessons and preordained happy endings. But not all nasty allies are worth the blowback or the stain on our national character.
“[C]ontinuing to backstop such inept clients with U.S. troops merely wastes American lives”
A confrontational approach would accomplish nothing and could do lasting damage to the bilateral relationship.
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